Submitting to God is an act of faith. Since my sister’s accident over two and a half years ago, my personal life has been turned upside down. My own questionings and strivings have yielded little.
Today, God reminded me of a simple, freeing passage: “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you…” (James 4:7-8a)
Submitting to God entails obeying Him and subjecting oneself to Him. Resistance to Satan demands standing firmly against him. In drawing near to God, one is promised that He will draw near as well.
When lives have been shattered by tragedy, human responses often repel any kind of submission. In struggling for answers, one has choices. One can turn away from God or one can run headlong into His arms of love.
No safer place exists but in submission to God. God is patiently waiting for us amidst our grueling life circumstances. As His Son, Jesus, even struggled to submit to His Father’s will in the Garden of Gethsemane, so must we submit to God in our pain. Death to self through Christ promises eternal life with God.