“Come close to God, and God will come close to you.”
James 4:8 (NLT)
Going down a highway a person saw a sign that said, “Do you feel far away from God?” He was thinking about the question when the next billboard read, “Who moved?” Isn’t that usually the case? When we feel far from God, it is because we have turned our back on Him. James knew that we have this propensity so he wrote, “Come close to God, and God will come close to you.” But how do we come close to God? The first thing we need to do is go another direction. If we are distant then we need to “draw near”. The Prophet Isaiah wrote, “It’s your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore.” Confessing to God and repenting from any sin, will allow us to have a clear conscience and reopen the door of fellowship Him. Then we can turn to God with our heart and mind. Both our emotions and thoughts have so much to do with our relationship with Him. We come to Him in quietness, reflection, meditation and prayer. We open our emotions and thoughts to Him and allow His Holy Spirit to commune with us, guiding, convicting, teaching and directing our life. God desires to have a relationship with us. He hasn’t moved. Will you come to Him today?
Father, I must confess that there are so many times I feel so distant from You. I admit my own wandering. Forgive me for the sin that has separated us and help me to stay in close fellowship with you. I give you my heart and my mind. Lead me by Your Holy Spirit, I pray.
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