“Draw near to God and he will draw near to you….” – James 4:8
The nearer we come to God, the more He’ll reveal Himself to us. When the prodigal son comes to his father, his father runs to meet him. (Luk 15:11-32) When the wandering dove returns to the ark, Noah puts out his hand to pull her in unto him. (Gen 8:9) Come then, dear friend, draw close to God who so graciously awaits us, who runs to meet us.
Have you ever read that verse in Isaiah 58:9?
“Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.”
In this verse the Lord seems to be saying, “What have you to say to me? What can I do for you? I am waiting to bless you.”
Why would we hesitate to draw near? God is quick to forgive, to bless, to comfort, to help, to strengthen, to deliver.
If we draw near to others, they may eventually grow weary of us and leave us; but the promises to never leave us or forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5) If we seek the Lord alone, He will continue to come nearer and nearer to us through deeper and more joyful fellowship.
How Do We Draw Near To God?
Christians draw near to God when:
1) Through Christ, they turn from sin to the throne of His grace, for forgiveness and mercy to help them. (Heb 4:14,16)
2) Come to Him in prayer and lift up praises to Him. (Psa 147:1)
3) Read and trust in His Word. (Psalm 119:114)
4) In faith and hope lay hold of His promises. (Psa 119:162)
- C.H. Spurgeon