Knowing that God is nearby in every circumstance of life can bring tremendous comfort and calm to your spirit.
As Paul is writing these inspired words he is sitting in a dark, damp, dingy dungeon chained securely to a Roman guard. And yet he chose an anxiety-free life because he knew the Lord was near. He chose to rejoice rather than despair because he knew the Lord was near.
"But how do I know the Lord is near?" you may ask.
James writes, "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you."
"But how do I draw near to God?"
The entire context of the Scripture in James reveals the answer"