“Submit yourselves, then, to God.”
James has just said that “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” This has a bearing on what it is to submit to God.
Firstly, and in terms of a King and his subjects, it would mean bowing down before Him both mentally and spiritually – and at times physically as well. This acknowledges His majesty, power and authority and infers that we, as subjects, have no plan or will to stand in opposition to the reign and rule of our King.
Secondly, to submit includes acceptance of the plans and purposes of God and our part in them. It acknowledges that we will find our purpose, meaning and satisfaction in obedience and in faithfully carrying out the directions and commands of our King.
Thirdly, it accepts that we will be satisfied and content with whatever place and position God allocates to us. We will not grumble or seek a greater recognition, reward or glory for ourselves.
There is no room for pride and self-seeking amongst God’s people. We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of the Lord and have been redeemed and restored only through the wonder of His love, grace and self-sacrifice. There should also be no room for concern as,
“He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all–how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32)
The wonder of it all is that we are not asked to submit to an uncaring despot but to the One and Only God whose love for us is beyond question. He has committed Himself to us both now – through the death and resurrection of His Son – and through all eternity as well.
How submitted am I to God in terms of my purposes, pleasures and pursuits?
Lord Jesus please help me to place my full trust in You and to faithfully seek, accept and carry out Your perfect will for me right where I am. Amen.