When James says, in 4:7, "submit therefore to God," that's the first of ten imperatives in verses 7 to 10: 1 Submit to God 2 Resist the devil 3 Draw near to God 4 Cleanse your hands 5 Purify your hearts 6 Be miserable 7 Mourn 8 Weep 9 Let your laughter be turned into mourning 10 And humble yourselves. And those don't look like very fun imperatives, do they? This is not a feel-good message. In the end it's wonderful. When God tears down, he builds up. When his word cuts to the heart and exposes; it heals. The glory of the Gospel, We see how much we need Jesus and we find in him everything that we ever wanted and we didn't find it until he broke us down and showed us how much we needed him.