Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
What does it mean to draw near to God?
We live in a world of iPhones, Smart TVs and media/internet/ads that crowd our lives
and so easily distract us from God and what He is trying to say. Sometimes it feels like amidst these distractions, God is getting farther and farther away and it is getting harder to
hear what He is trying to say through it all.
Drawing near to God is saying NO to the things of this world that pull our hearts and minds away from Him. Drawing near to God is saying YES to space and time to meet with Him and listen. No matter the amount of sin or level of distraction, God never moves away from us, He stays where He is and waits for us to draw near to Him. James 4:8 begins with the words “Draw near to God’. It’s only in the laying aside of our distractions and choosing to draw near to God FIRST that He responds by drawing close to us.
What do you need to cleanse your hands of to experience the nearness of God?
Take some time in personal repentance. Ask God to identify those things you need to
cleanse your hands of and ask for His forgiveness.
What do you need to purify your heart of?
Spend some time in silence, asking that in the quiet God would give you a pure heart
and a mind fixed on the things of Him.
What are the things that keep you from drawing near to God?
Identify one thing that adds to the noise or widens the space that separates you
from God. It could be Instagram, Facebook, a Netflix series, a video game. Pray and
consider giving up that thing to draw closer to God. Maybe just for a time, maybe forever,
or maybe just limit how often you engage in it.
What if we lived our lives asking: “Is what I’m doing drawing me closer to God?”
C.S. Lewis says “If you want to get warm you must stand near the fire: if you want to be
wet you must get into the water. If you want joy, power, peace, eternal life, you must get
close to, or even into, the thing that has them.”
Drawing near to God is saying YES to the things that bring us close to His heart:
praying, listening, reading His word, experiencing the goodness of His creation, having edifying and encouraging conversations with friends.
Let us live our lives facilitating the nearness of God. Fight against distractions and the
noise of this world. Let His thoughts and words fill our hearts and minds.