During my devotion time on the back porch, I read James 4:7–8. “So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.” As I wrote out James 4:7–8 in my journal, I begin to reread the text slowly, take in every word, and then started to personally define each word that stood out to me.
- Humble – putting everything else before myself
- Resist – not giving in
- Flee- watching something go away
- Come close – knowing if I go towards God, he will come towards me
- Washing your hands– how appropriate to wash hands during the outbreak of the coronavirus
- Purify- remove bad (isolation)
- Loyalty- faithfulness, committed
- Divided – to be apart from (isolation again)
- God- Creator
- World- news, virus, fear, uncertainty
As I was reflecting on what I thought the definitions should be, I realized that these words from God were giving me the hope and peace that I needed in the situation that this world is in right now. And I hope these words can do the same for you too.
This practice of scripture reading, meditation, and prayer time for me was a practice that I remember relearning a few months ago in a midweek prayer gathering. I’ve learned that this practice helps me spend time with God when I don’t really know what to pray. It allows me to be in the word of God, trusting that God is sitting next to me. It’s like reflecting on something and then getting a response from a good friend. I know, it sounds weird but if you try it enough you’ll understand.
This is how I’ve been inspired during this time of uncertainty; it’s given me the faith instead of fear. Making intentional time with God has filled my mind and heart with something good every day. I am so glad I added God to my day! I can’t wait to spend time with Him tomorrow.