Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. (James 4:8)
Pastor John’s Notes:
God will not force us into his kingdom or manipulate us into a relationship. He extends an invitation to us and waits for us to respond. God is in no way harmed by our slowness or refusal, we only harm ourselves, but God is indeed ready to respond to us the moment we repent and turn to him. So it is that James makes this plain and simple, “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” This promise not only references our salvation but depicts an ongoing relational promise. God never shifts or alters the terms of our relationship, but we often drift away by neglect or even at times sin and rebel against him. Still, his promise remains steadfast. Whenever we turn and begin moving toward God, God moves toward us to restore our relationship.
Lord God, thank you for your unchanging promise. Forgive me for the times when I have neglected our relationship. Forgive me also for my rebellious spirit that often sins against you. Teach me the wisdom of returning to you quickly, and keep me in steadfast fellowship with you.