We have a beautiful promise given to us in James chapter 4, verse 8 where we are told, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”
How encouraging it is to know that as we turn toward our heavenly Father, He turns toward us. As we move to be close to Him, He, in turn, moves in our direction.
Growing and cultivating our relationship with the Lord is an awe inspiring affair. Yet, at the same time it is frightening and cleansing.
The remainder of James 4:8 says, “Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”
As we endeavor to draw ever closer to God and grow in our relationship with Him, there comes a revelation of who we are. We are exposed by His marvelous light and glory. We can no longer hide the darkness within, nor can we ignore it.
Remember: Truth revealed liberates! (John 8:32)
When Isaiah saw the face of God in all of His majesty, he cried out, “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, The LORD of hosts.”
When answering one of his “comforters”, Job in chapter 9 states, “how can a man be righteous before God? …for though I were righteous, I could not answer Him; I would beg mercy of my Judge… Though I were righteous, my own mouth would condemn me; though I were blameless, it would prove me perverse. “I am blameless, yet I do not know myself; I despise my life.”
Loves pure light exposes the “filthy rags” of our self-righteousness. We become “undone”.
Is it any wonder that we struggle to present ourselves as “living sacrifices” upon the altar of our God and King?
However, if we will persevere in our efforts to draw near to our Father, we will reap the fruit of our labors which are beyond human comprehension. 1 Corinthians 2:9: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
As the heat of His glorious presence causes the dross in our lives to come to the surface, be quick to see it, repent of it and draw closer.
As His light exposes the darkness within, hand it over to Him. Repent and be made clean.
We have been bought with the precious blood of Jesus and sin must no longer have a place in our lives!
Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. (Hebrews 10:19-22 NKJV)
Pastor Bob Haught