Daily D – James 4:8
James 4:8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (NIV)
Do you keep God at arm’s length? His invitation is this: “Come closer. Much closer.”
You may have heard at one time or another how taking one step toward God leads him to take two toward you. The sentiment is apt. It is also inaccurate. When you or I turn our hearts toward him, we discover he is closer than we imagined, more immediate than we could perceive, more loving, forgiving, and restoring than we dared hope.
Submission to him (verse 7) leads to exaltation by him (verse 10). Life’s highest height is ascended when we descend to our humblest low.
Verse 6 tells us he has more grace for us than we have yet experienced. He has more grace than we now, or ever, require. He longs to wrap his favor around us like a coat of many colors.
His invitation is simple and certain. It is trustworthy and true. It is life-giving and loving.
Move toward God in the confidence that he never steps back when we step forward.
Move toward God in the assurance that he anticipates your return with gifts too rich calculate.
Move toward God in the delight of finding all you ever longed for and so much more.
I will draw near to God.
Our Father, I will sing with Fanny Crosby:
I am Thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice,
And it told Thy love to me;
But I long to rise in the arms of faith,
And be closer drawn to Thee.
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Psalm 52:8, 9 ”But I am like a flourishing olive tree in the house of God; I trust in God’s faithful love forever and ever. I will praise you forever for what you have done. In the presence of your faithful people, I will put my hope in your name, for it is good.“
Numbers 27:22, 23 Moses did as the LORD commanded him. He took Joshua, had him stand before the priest Eleazar and the entire community, laid his hands on him, and commissioned him, as the Lord had spoken through Moses.