James 4:8 —– Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
How should we respond if we realise we’ve been living according to worldly wisdom, driven by envy and selfish ambition to get what we want? What should we do if we want to get back to living according to heaven’s wisdom, trusting God to provide all the good we need and focusing ourselves on serving others?
James calls us to draw near—to move closer—to God. This comes with an additional promise: God will respond by moving closer to us. That’s an incredible act of mercy on God’s part. The God of the universe owes us nothing, including His closeness. What grace on His part to come in our direction at all! This is especially gracious as a response to our step in His direction.
Approach Him, in the name of Jesus, by faith and prayer, and He will draw closer to you – He will meet you at your coming. When a person sets out to seek God, God sets out to meet that person; so that while we are drawing near to Him, He is drawing near to us
James calls us sinners who need to clean their hands. He calls us double-minded people: trying to serve both self and God. James pleads with us to purify our hearts. The idea here is to completely turn from our sin, to resolve that we will serve God, and to begin again. That is what true repentance is.
Separating ourselves from the world and consecrating ourselves to God is the true notion of sanctification. To sanctify signifies to separate a thing or person from profane or common use, and consecrate it or him to God.
Drawing closer to God, and cleansing our hands, will cause us to do what God want us to do for Him. We will no longer walk in disobedience, our hearts are purified and we will not be double minded. We say we trust in God but the moment we encounter a difficult situation we begin to worry. Double-minded faith is not the wavering in one’s belief in God. Rather, double-minded faith is believing in God without performing the actions, or the “works,” that reflect that belief. There is no intimacy with God when we are double minded because we do not fully trust in Him.
With single-minded attention to God’s will as shown in His Word, we can draw near to God and He will draw near to us.
Prayer is speaking to God. Worship is coming into His presence, and waiting upon Him–is listening to His voice.