June 19, 2017
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. – James 4:7
A while ago I went over to a friend’s house to visit. While I was waiting for her to prepare some food, she told me to be sure and go to the other room so I could see the new jigsaw puzzle she was working on. As I stood in that room, I could not resist putting in a few pieces. I love searching, finding, and putting them together, and I probably stayed there too long. Finally, I tore myself away and went into the kitchen to sit and talk with my friend for a bit, but then we went back to look at the puzzle one more time. I really needed to go, but I so wanted to find another piece . . . and another! Eventually, I glanced at my watch and wondered, Where has time gone? I really should not stay. I have things I need to do at home . . . only one more piece, then I’ll quit. Another hour passed away!
Working on this puzzle caused me to think about how temptations come to us in our daily lives. I was not sinning by working on that puzzle, but there are many other activities the devil will try to tempt us with that could be sinful. When we feel a desire to do or have something and we know God does not approve of it, we need tools to overcome.
Today’s focus verse is a promise, and the very tool we need to resist temptation. James encourages us to be in obedience to the will of God, and not to give place or time to the devil. When we do these two things, we can have confidence that Satan will flee.
The key to claiming this promise is keeping our hearts in tune with God. Then it will be natural to take our decisions and problems to Him for guidance, and easier to submit to His will. By doing this, the devil does not have a chance to defeat us; he cannot conquer us when we resist him in the Name of the Lord.
When the enemy comes to challenge our walk with God, we can reject his lies by submitting to God and His plan for our lives. Satan will have no choice but to flee!