“Come near to God and he will come near to you.” (James 4:8, NIV)
How does the disciple of Jesus address internal conflict and external strife?
According to James: First, draw near to God, and submit to His rule in your life, and; second, resist the devil.
Yesterday, we focused on the latter. Today, let’s look at the former.
The act of “drawing near” to God can be as simple as taking time to pray, but it is always intentional, and it always reflects our desire to enter the presence of our heavenly Father. It is in the presence of God that the child of God receives the wisdom necessary to address internal conflict and external strife. – Luther