Pastor’s Pen: Walk the dog
By Layton Dutton
Associate Pastor of Youth
Calvary Baptist Church
Have you ever tried to take a giant dog for a walk?
It may be more like the dog is taking you for a walk. They tend to have a mind of their own and pull you in the direction their desires take them. Sometimes the dog takes the path you want him to follow, but other times it’s a totally different direction. You want to go left and he wants to go right. Each of you pulling and refusing to give up ground. Eventually, one side surrenders. The battle is over….at least until your dog smells some bacon cooking the next street over.
You have probably heard the verse, “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7). We look at the word ‘resist’ and think it means I just stand there refusing to move until the devil stops bugging me. But there is more to this scenario then simply standing there.
Like the dog in our illustration, we are to head in the opposite direction. James 4:7-8 also state this, “Submit yourselves, then, to God….Come near to God and He will come near to you.” I am not to only to staunchly resist giving into the devil, but I am to submit to and head toward God. There should be no resistance between God and myself. I am to always follow God’s direction as spelled out in the Bible. What does God’s Word say about my speech, actions and attitude? Then that is the direction I need to head.
So, yes, “resist the devil”; but also, “submit to God” and “come near to God”. He will then “come near to you”, “lift you up” and “give you grace” (James 4:6-10). To which of God’s commands do you need to submit?