I opened my bible a while ago, and a beautiful passage stared my directly in the eyes; and got me really inspired.
That passage is James 4: 5-10.
It reads: “The spirit that God placed in us is filled with fierce desires. But the grace that God gives is even stronger. As the scripture says, God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble. So then submit to God. Resist the Devil and he will run away from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you… Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will lift you up.”
The message in this passage is undoubtedly clear to many people and does not need an explanation. To many others, an explanation is necessary.
What most of us seek the most in life is success. We want to be rich, to succeed in our job, to grow; to rise in position; to become powerful; to be admired. Unfortunately, for many people, these are farfetched dreams.
Why is it so?
The simple reason is many of us go for these things in the wrong way, in the wrong places. And after we have had so much trouble, yet with nothing to show for, we give up, exhausted and frustrated.
The way to get the things we want from this world is not as complex as it may appear to be. But you must follow the rules aid down by our divine master. These are clearly spelled out in scripture. This is what our passage is talking about.
St. James is telling all God’s people all over the world, and this includes you, to “submit to God and resist the devil and he will run away from you.”
He is telling you how you can defeat the devil in your life. You must resist all that makes life a pain instead of a joy. Pain, failure, wicked acts that are making life hard for us are not coming from God; they are coming from the devil. The Good news, fortunately, is you can “submit to the Lord and resist the devil”. If you “come near to God, he will come near to you.”
But what does it mean to “come near to God”? How do you come near to God?
It simply means to love God, spend time with him, communion with him; and obey his command. He will “come near to you.” In other words, he will do things for you.
This passage ends by saying, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”
If you think so much of yourself, and believe in and depend so much in your own powers, you will have it hard. To humble yourself before the Lord is to surrender to the Lord; to accept that you are nothing and God is everything. It means you are obedient and faithful to him. If you are,”He will lift you up.”
So my dear friend, the message we have here runs through the whole bible. It is a call to greater friendship with God; to seek God; to get into harmony with him by loving and obeying him; and he will do whatever you ask him to do for you.