James 4:8 Come close to God, and God will come close to you [NLT]
Do you feel alone or distant from God at times? God echoes a profound truth in scripture that declares that he will never leave us or forsake us.
Hebrews 13:5b “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” [NIV]
If he says, and means what he says, then why do we feel separated from God? I believe we are used to responding to feelings that rob us of the truth. The truth is a constant but feelings change. If the truth is that God will never leave and I ignore the feelings and thank him based on the truth I realize that he was there the whole time.
Another truth is that the closeness of God in our lives is defined by us and not him. We draw close to him. It starts with us. So the God of heaven and earth who created everything and everything exists in him looks at us and says ‘How close do you want me to be?’
The closeness actually started with him. He made the move through his son and he is now waiting for us to make the next move. Through his son he removed everything that separated us from him, every excuse, every circumstance, every power and every situation.
It is our turn to draw close to him.