Draw Near to God
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
There may be times when God seems far away. You may
feel as if your prayers go unheard. James said there is a simple reason for
this and a solution. If you are far from God, it is because your sin has
separated you from Him.
God is unchanging. His character stays absolutely
holy. His faithfulness remains constant; it is we who change. We allow sin into
our lives. We choose our own direction. We spend less and less time with Him in
Bible study and prayer. Then one day we realize that we have gradually grown
distant from God. The solution, according to James, is straightforward. We are
to draw near to God. As we realize our need to be closer to the Father and we
begin to return to Him, He meets us even as the father hurried to greet his
prodigal son (Luke 15:20).
Drawing near to God requires you to take two
actions. First, you must cleanse your hands (Isa. 1:15). You must cleanse your
way of living. If you have been actively engaged in sin, you must renounce it.
If you have done anything to offend or hurt someone, you must make it right.
Second, you are to purify your heart (Ps. 51:10). You must make certain your
attitudes, thoughts, and motives are right in God’s eyes and are in harmony
with God’s word. Jesus warned that you cannot serve two masters (Matt. 6:24).
It is impossible to love anything else as much as you love God and still please
If God seems distant, do what is necessary to
cleanse your hands, purify your heart, and draw near to Him.