James 4:7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
If the book of James was left out of the next printing of the Bible, there might not be too many complaints. The reasoning behind this idea is found in the fact that many people do not appreciate the straight forward, no holds barred, writing of James. Many would prefer a love letter that sets before them a touch of grace and a pinch of mercy, all covered in the delightful love of God. Many of us prefer to know the Bible exists, but wish it would not seek to interfere with our lives. Many see the Bible as an obstacle to be overcome within their lives and don’t see that their lives have become the obstacle that needs to be overcome by the Bible. Submission is one of these areas where we need the Bible to overcome our lives. Submission is not easy, for we feel as if we are giving away control of our lives to someone else. In fact, the previous sentence holds nothing but truth. When we submit to God, when we turn control of our lives over to Him, we are not burdened. We are blessed. We have the Creator of the universe at our side. We have the sustainer of life within our hearts, and He wants to be a big deal within our lives. Submission to God is not giving up control. It’s the only thing that makes real sense.
Lord, take over the reigns of my life and guide me to the places You desire.