The next reading in James is James 4:1-10 NLT. It is titled, “Drawing close to God”. In the middle of this passage we get some clues about drawing close to God.
Verse 7 says, “So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you”. This verse show us that humility and resisting the devil are keys of drawing close to God.
Verse 8 goes on to say, “Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world”.
We see in verse 8 that living right by rejecting the worlds ways are also important. We need to stop doing the things we know are wrong and seek God’s ways. We need to purify our hearts and not be divided in our loyalties.
Verse 9 tells us that genuine repentance is needed. “Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy”.
If we want to draw close to God we must come to Him in humility, be genuinely repentant and stop living by the worlds ways. We must also not be divided in our loyalties and we must chose God and His ways only.
Right now I humble myself before You. I am sorry for the times I have had divided loyalties and become a friend of the world. Please forgive me. Lord, I long to live in purity and the way You want me to live. Right now I draw near to You and ask You to draw near to me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.