In my time with the Lord last week, I came across a weird command:
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom.Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.” James 4:8-10
Now this struck me as a strange command from scripture: “Be miserable, mourn, weep and be gloomy.” Doesn’t sound very fun, does it?! Yet, there it is right in the middle of “Draw near to God…” and “…He will exalt you”.
Here’s what I’m processing: What if drawing near to God and being exalted actually comes through the struggles that humble us in misery, mourning, weeping and gloom? What if God’s process for us is to fully embrace the tough seasons and allow them to bring a new level of intimacy and humility that will ultimately end in being exalted?
Not necessarily a fun thought, but strangely, in the midst of a difficult season, it’s kind of comforting. What do you think?