Listen to today’s devo!

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)

Expanded Passage: James 4:7

As I head out my door for work each morning, I always grab my medicines, lunch, and car keys. In my car, I settle down for the drive, listening to my favorite songs. Any disturbance in this morning ritual can sidetrack me. One morning I switched from driving my car to driving my husband’s truck. Arriving at my office, a perplexed coworker soon approached me. She asked me why I left my truck door open. Not having my car had interfered with my routine.

Our time with God should be a permanent routine, giving God the driver’s seat of our lives. To establish this schedule, we need to set a time to pray, study, and listen to God. Making room for each of these things in our daily lives equips us to navigate the roadblocks ahead.

The devil tries to distract us from our time with God. He will use temptations and feel-good activities so we will spend more time with him instead of God. His goal is to have complete control of our hearts.

James said to stand firm and lean on God every day. We must keep him close to us in our thoughts, actions, and words. Continuously submitting to God strengthens our ability to shut the door on the devil and his antics. Let us concentrate on serving God daily and to submitting to his will.

Make sure God is in the driver’s seat of your life!

Denise Moore Greene was raised in The Wesleyan Church and resides in North Carolina. She enjoys time with her children and five grandchildren.

© 2024 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.