Yesterday, James exhorted us to submit to God and to resist the devil…
Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (James 4:8)
It’s important to remember that God never walks away from us. If there is distance between us, we are the ones who have moved – not Him.
Why then does James say that if we draw near to Him He will draw near to us? Is He being stand-offish, waiting for us to make the first move? Absolutely not! He is the One who initiated a relationship with us. He loved us when we were spiritually dead in our sins (Romans 5:8). He reached out to us when we didn’t even know enough to reach out to Him.
However, He respects our personal space. If we reject Him, He will not force us into a relationship. Even after we get saved, He does not make us keep step with Him. He lets us choose our own path, even though it breaks His heart when we choose one that goes in a different direction from Him.
Amazingly, He is never far away, even when we take a detour. At any given moment He is within arm’s reach, so He can instantly catch us when we fall.
Does it offend you that James refers to his readers as double-minded sinners? If it does, I would ask you what in that description is inaccurate. Christians are sinners who have been saved by God’s grace, and are double-minded when we mix the ways of the world in with our Christian walk. In telling us to wash our hands and purify our hearts, James is wanting us to get rid of the things that create distance between us and God, so that we can enjoy a greater closeness with Him.
Today’s Good News is that God is ready and willing to draw near to you.
Now, go share the Good News…
FAITH in ACTION!
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