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"Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded." + James 4:8

Have you ever been traveling in a car, listening to the radio, only to have the program start to break up? You strain to hear what's on and you truly want to hear it, but the further you travel away and the more distant you are from the station, the harder it is to receive what is being sent to you. It is only when you turn around and come back home and near to the source that you will be able to hear and perceive clearly.

Maybe you have been straining to hear from God lately and you need a word from Him? You pray and pray with all your might, but all you seemingly can hear is static or silence. Could it be that the reason why you can't hear so clearly is that you have been traveling farther from Him? It's not that you have lost your faith in God, and it's not that you don't pray, but in your heart and in your actions, you have been traveling a road that is taking you away from God rather than nearer to Him? If so, a u-turn is needed if you want to hear from God.


Today we tune into God's Word and this is the broadcast: "Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded." The point is simply that if we want to hear from God, we need to change our direction. Dirty hands = dirty deeds. If you have 'dirty hands', go to the Savior who gladly washed the Disciples feet! Whatever sins we have done by the deeds of our hands or whatever sins we have walked in, Jesus is in the business of washing away the filth of our life. Has your heart been far from Him? Let Psalm 51:10 be your prayer, "Create in me a clean heart O God, and renew a right spirit within me". Heart problems require a heart doctor, so call the Good Physician to fix you and don't be your own doctor. And to be 'double-minded', is wanting to go 2 different directions in our life. You are either coming nearer to Him, or further away. Turn around and come back to Him in your deeds, in your heart, and in your thinking, and your reception of what His divine will is for you will become more and more clear. God loves us and the cross and sufferings of Jesus is the proof of this! He will come near to you. Turn and come near to Him!

[Rev. Daniel McQuality, Grace Lutheran Church]


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