Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The Bible opens and closes with God and humans enjoying perfect harmony and fellowship with each other. Humans began their existence in a garden with God. The Bible closes in Revelation 22 with the redeemed in the city of God where the River of Life flows, where the Tree of Life bears its fruit.
Drawing near to God involves coming close—just the way we wish to be with those we love. It is spending time with God, worshiping Him, praying and talking to Him, inviting Him into every aspect of our lives. People can have peace in their mind when they are close to God even if the circumstances squeezes them. When people refuse to believe in and to live for the Lord, they destroy themselves and bring harm into their lives as well as into the lives of others. In James 4:8, it is written, “Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.” If we submit ourselves, if we draw near to God, will He draw near to us? Of course, He will.
This truth is graphically portrayed in the story of the prodigal son. When the prodigal son had decided, after he had become hungry, to return to his father’s house, see how the father responds to the return of his son. Luke 15:20 “And he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him, and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him, and kissed him.” As the prodigal son drew near to his father did the father draw near to his son? The answer is, yes and the same thing will be true of everyone. If we will draw near to God, He will draw near to us. In fact, in a real sense, He will run to us. He will embrace us. He will kiss us. This is how eagerly we will be received.
How close to God do you live? How often do you communicate with him? How often do you seek to be still so that you can hear God communicating with you? Do you feel accepted, comfortable, and at ease in the divine presence? Is God the source of your delight and inspiration? Or do you consider God as a disturber? A restrainer? An irritant?
Drawing near is the decision to come back into the life of God. It is a restoration of what we were designed to enjoy forever. Our responsibility is to draw near to Him in humility, prayer, and repentance … and God will reciprocate. Let us trust in the loving grace of God and abide always in the center of His loving will. God bless you. Happy Easter.
God bless you.
In His Service,