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God’s nearness to those that draw themselves to Him

The Lord is righteous in everything he does; he is filled with kindness. The Lord is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him in truth. He grants the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cries for help and rescues them. Psalm 145:17-19

There was a sign posted in a seminary’s prayer room that reads, “If you do not feel close to God, guess who moved.” One of the frustrations common heard from Christians is the feeling of not getting close with God. It seems that this is becoming a common experience to Christians at one point in their life. This feeling stems from an attitude of self-sufficiency and this is an attitude that we need to overcome. We are constantly barraged with a message that it is a sign of weakness when we start to ask for help from others. At times, we bring this mindset even to our relationship with God. From the text, David realized that his closeness with God is determined by his desire to be close to Him. God promised that He is close to those who call on Him. He desires to be near to you and He is always available. So if you do not feel His closeness with you, it could be that you are not inviting Him to influence the affairs of your life. You will be the one at the losing end if you will not allow Him to actively influence the activities of your life. You will miss out on the opportunities to have Him guide you as you make decisions in life. Once you realize your helplessness before God and you approach His throne of grace in prayer that is when you understand that you can always draw from His loving presence. “So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most” (Hebrews 4:16). When you come to Him, as David said, “Call on him in truth.” You approach Him in a way that you believe and trust His integrity and dependability. Your knowledge of who God is affects how you will place your confidence in Him. If you have a relationship with Him and as His child, you will approach Him with honesty and humility. When Paul urged Christians in Galatia to grow in their intimacy with God, He reminded them of how they could call on Him in prayer. “And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father” (Galatians 4:6). The term “Abba” was a term of endearment because you have a relationship with God. Call on Him, draw yourself closer to Him and you will prove that He is always with you.


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