Wash Your Hands and Your Soul

We are all being called upon to maintain social distancing and stop gathering, in order to slow down the rate of spread of COVID-19. One Person Whom you  never need to distance yourself from socially is God. James 4:8 (NKJV) says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” Amazingly, the very next words in this verse are: “Wash your hands”! (NIV)

God wants us to sit, stand, kneel, walk, and live in a state of fellowship with Him. He even wants to take us up in His arms and wrap His arms around us and hug us and love on us, but we need to wash our hands first, and not only our hands, but also our hearts, as well.

Why do we need to have clean hands in order to fellowship with God? Because *He* has clean hands. If we are going to shake hands with, and spend time with, and be in the Presence of, the One and Only Holy, Almighty God, and King of the Universe, we must not bring uncleanness to that Divine encounter and connection. No unclean thing can dwell or remain in His Presence. (Leviticus 15:31) Is it a difficult thing to wash our hands, spiritually speaking?

No, it’s not; we just need to surrender and lay down anything that is not pleasing  and acceptable to Him, and ask and allow Him to pour the water of  His purification out upon our hands and scrub our sins away. In Psalms 51:7, David, a King himself,  writes: “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;

Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” God knows how to make us clean, and He is able to do so; we just need to ask Him to cleanse us, and surrender to His doing so.

In the last part of James 4:8, we are admonished to “Purify your hearts” if we are “double-minded”. This is another prerequisite of drawing near to God and remaining, or dwelling, in His Presence. What does it mean to be double-minded? It simply means to hold two mutually contradictory opinions or positions in one’s mind, simultaneously or alternately. We must rid our minds and hearts of thoughts and opinions and belief systems that are displeasing to God, and/or which contradict His Word. In 1 Kings 18:21 (NKJV), the writer recounts: “And Elijah came to all the people, and said, ‘How long will you falter [or “halt” (KJV)] between two opinions?’”

Sometimes we just have to actively and decisively choose God and His way, and abandon and cast aside all other ways. It is always worth doing so in order to come into, bask in, and enjoy His delightful Presence. Psalms 16:11 (NKJV) reads: “In Your presence is fullness of joy;

At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
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