Draw Near To God

James 4:6-10 NIV
[6] But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” [7] Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. [8] Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. [9] Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. [10] Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

When we are prideful, it causes strife and anxiety. We find ourselves at odds with others. We get angry when anyone says or does something that might threaten our image. We gain a sense of entitlement and can feel like the needs of others are less important than our own.

But in drawing near to God we see ourselves in the light of His truth. We see that we are sinners and have fallen short of God’s perfect standard just like everybody else (Romans 3:23-24). We are all in need of Jesus as savior and God’s forgiveness, and in that realization, we are humbled. We see that the needs of others are just as important as ours. We grieve over our sins and mourn over our failures before the Lord.

As a result of our new perspective from drawing near to God, we humble ourselves in submission to Him as God and instead of trying to build ourselves up by false pride and self image, He lifts us up. In being lifted up by God, we are liberated from the daunting and frustrating task of building ourselves up and are free to love God and love others which will naturally result in helping and lifting others up in the Lord, giving glory to God.

Today, draw near to God. Be humbled in His presence. Grieve over your sins and trust in His grace and forgiveness. Be free from pride and sin and let Him lift you up and give you rest. Watch what God can do with a surrendered life as you humbly submit to Him. He will give you joy that surpasses all understanding and work in ways that will heal your soul and bring glory to Him.

May God bless you today as you draw near to Him.

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