(NKJV) James 4:7-8 = “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you…Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”
(CEV) James 4:7-8 = “Surrender to God! Resist the devil, and he will run from you…Come near to God, and he will come near to you. Clean up your lives, you sinners. Purify your hearts, you people who can’t make up your mind.”
Hello Child of the Most High, it is good to draw near to God. I have been wondering; can a human being draw near to God? Let us face the reality; where can God be found geographically so that we can in turn draw nearer to Him? As mind-boggling as it may sound, our Heavenly Father Wants us to know that we can actually take steps to draw near to Him.
To draw near to someone is to go closer to that person to the point of getting in touch or connected to that person. Apostle James, in our Scripture reference, admonishes us to draw near to God and He will draw near to us. God is Omnipresent. Not only is He Present everywhere but more so, everywhere is before Him. However, God Manifests Himself in the lives of those who truly seek Him and walk in His ways.
Therefore, to draw closer to God is to seek Him with all your heart and walk in His ways. Those who love and seek Him, He Makes His Abode with them (John 14:21,23). Therefore, James explains that it takes clean hands, pure heart, and Christ-Centred mind to draw nearer to God.
Beloved, it is our attitude towards God that attracts His Manifest Presence in our lives. And if God’s Manifest Presence is with you, you have more than enough to have a fulfilled life. His presence Makes all the difference. That is why David prayed fervently; “Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.”(Psalms 51:11,).
Do you really value God’s Presence in your life? I want to inspire us all today. Let us submit to God, resist the devil, have clean hands, pure hearts, and minds. If we feel God is too far, it is not because He has moved away, but that we have moved away from Him. Draw near to God, and He shall surely draw near to you.
Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Is 55: 6
Heavenly Father, please Help me to keep clean hands and a pure heart. As I seek to draw near to you, please Surround me with Your Presence.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.