Bible Promise for the Day – Getting Close to God

God's Promises Are Ever Faithful
God’s Promises Are Ever Faithful

James 4:8 “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”

The desire of God, ever since creation, has been to walk with and fellowship with humans. This overall purpose of God has never changed.

This is why He created Heaven. For those who will enjoy Him, He has reserved many special future blessings. Those who choose to walk with Him on earth already know and experience many of those blessings.

God, however, is very different from humans. In the beginning, man was created perfect and was able to walk with God. Sin entered, and so did separation from God, Who is infinitely holy.

Because of His love for us, God did not let this disruption in our relationship with Him remain constant. He took the first step to heal that broken fellowship by sending His own Son, Jesus, to die for us. That was the ultimate Sacrifice, as well as the necessary payment for the penalty of our sin.

The above Bible verse summarizes His promise to us. There is no need to continue to wonder “Is God real?” If we seek to find Him and desire to know Him, He will reciprocate. Remember, He wants you to know Him. He has promised: “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.”

The issue of sin, though, is a serious one. He cannot let it go or overlook it. So, God tells the individual seeking Him: “Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.” In plain English, this means stop sinning (repent). In prayer to God, admit you were wrong by breaking His commandments. Ask Him to forgive and to save you because of what Christ did on the Cross, and to help you serve Him the way He wants you to – according to the Bible.

This is certainly the greatest invitation ever given at any time, from the Creator of all, to you and me. He invites you to know and fellowship with Him. How will you respond today?

Bible Promise for the Day

God's Promises Are Ever Faithful
God’s Promises Are Ever Faithful

Getting the Desires of Your Heart

Psalm 37:4 “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”

In Psalm 23:1, we saw the promise that when the Lord is truly leading us that we will be able to say – “I shall not want.” This verse is similar. It promises that the Lord will give us the desires of our heart.

Just like the verse in Psalm 23, this verse is conditional. That means there is a part for the believer to fulfill before God does His part.

The condition is to “delight” in the Lord. Many people are religious, and some are glad to be saved, but not that many truly delight themselves in the Lord. Think about things you really like. Some like football, some like cars, and others may like computer games or making money. Now ask yourself which you would rather do: watch a football game (or whatever you like to do), or read your Bible and pray?  Be honest.

The answer to that question will reveal your real delight. It is likely that other things prevent a real hunger for God and His Word.

Now God made the promise, and He means it. He also tells us, in James 4:8: “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.” This means get close to God, and put away anything that prevents it – then He can be free to give you your heart’s desire, and then He can trust you with it. Drawing close to God is necessary for any kind of real Christian growth.

Remember, though, that as we draw close to Him, we will find that some of those desires will change. After all, what can compare with being able to talk with the Creator of all things, and the Savior Who gave Himself for us?