What is the source of the problems in our lives? So many people blame God for the problems we go through, but James calls us to the truth – the fights come from our selfishness. We are selfish because we don’t get what we want, and we are frustrated that the world does not change to fit our desires.
James gives us a solution – humble ourselves before God and resist the devil. James even gives us some very “un-American” advice – don’t make it your goal to be happy. Weep, be sad, and repent – because our lives are full of duplicity.
So here on New Year’s Day – the goal is not to be happy, but to be holy. The goal is to belong to God – to be His. May every resolution connect back to Him.