Verse of the Day Devotion: James 4:7
“Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” – James 4:7
This is a very familiar verse to most, and one that is incredibly wise. It definitely deals with our Christian walk and what we find important. I say that because that which we give our attention to is that which we find important to us.
So, the first part of our focus verse tells us to submit to God. This is not a partial submission that James is speaking of. It does not mean we submit to those things we agree with only. This means we are to submit to God in everything. He calls us to a humble life before Him. “Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.” James 4:10. God knows better than anyone else what is best for us. Sometimes He will call us to a time of rest and peace. Other times, He will call us to a place of difficulty, where there is persecution and humiliation. It is easy to submit to Him when times are easy. However, we must also submit to Him in the hard times. Saul is an excellent example of a hard calling but also total submission. When God told Ananias to go to Saul, we read “But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he did to Your saints at Jerusalem; and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name.” Acts 9:13-14. “But the Lord said to him, ‘Go, for he is a chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel; for I will show him how much he must suffer for My name’s sake.’” Acts 9:15-16. Saul, later known as Paul, knowing that this would be a hard life, one filled with suffering, submitted completely to God, knowing that what He allowed was the best for himself and anyone he ministers to and with.
While we yield to God in all things at all times, we are never to yield to the enemy in anything. In whatever way he comes to us, we must resist and oppose him. There is nothing good he has to offer us. Whatever he says will always be in opposition to the plan of God. He is destined for eternal torment, and he will do whatever he can to take as many as possible with him. He will offer things that sound so good. His ways are deceitful, for he promises good and delivers death. We must not argue with him, but with strength and conviction, resist him. And the best tool to resist him is to know God and His voice. “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me;” Study His word, pray without ceasing. Become so close to Him that there is no way we can mistake the enemy’s voice for God’s. We must resist the devil through our submission to God. His Spirit will guide us into all truth. And when we do resist him, he will flee from us. This is a promise of God. For true resistance of the devil comes through submission to God. He cannot defeat true believers who have committed their lives to God.
Therefore, live a life of total submission to God. It is the only way to live. William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries, Inc.