Draw Near to God!

Draw Near to God!

God gave up His very own Life in order to be able to spend all of eternity with you!  He really likes you!  Think about it.

You may have a good friend whom you know will avoid making plans with others so that they can spend time with you. We all prioritize time with certain individuals.  God has REALLY PRIORITIZED time with you!  He gave up His own life just for it!  And He doesn’t want to just spend a little bit of time with you, He wants to spend a lot of time with you – an eternal amount of time with you.  Really think about this – God is never planning on getting sick of being around you!

Col. 1:21-22 says “And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him,” (ESV)  God reconciled you to Himself by the death of His Son in order that you would be holy and blameless and above reproach before Him!  The work of Jesus Christ on the cross (and your acceptance of that work by faith) has made you absolutely above reproach before the Maker of the Universe!  When you stand before Him in Christ, He is not disgusted with you at all – He is DELIGHTED with you!

This is so important to understand. In fact, understanding God’s love of spending time with us is foundational to having a vibrant relationship with Him.  If you know that a good friend of yours prioritizes time with you, you will not be ashamed or bashful in spending time with them.  You will not be sheepish to call them up.  The same is true with God.  When we know He has prioritized time with us – and even realize what a price He paid for it – it encourages us to come before Him with confidence. “Therefore, brothers,since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith” (Heb. 10:19-22a).

There is nothing between you and God on His end!  Look at James 4:8 “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.”  What a profound promise!  How can it be so?!?  Simple.  There is nothing between you and God on  His end.  God is at peace with you.  He is good with you.  If you sense any separation between you and Him it is in your thinking – not in His reality.  Isaiah 54:9-10 prophecies of the the covenant of peace that we now live in with God:

“I have sworn that I will not be angry with you, and will not rebuke you. For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.

The condition upon which God will draw near to you is not dependent on Him.  He is completely willing and excited to spend time with you and is fully ready to do so – whenever you are!  The condition for God drawing near to you is so simple – it is simply you drawing near to Him!  Check your heart right now, are you close to God?  Really close?  If not, you can chose to be!  If you are born again, there is no separation between you and Him on His end.  So, draw near.  Tuck yourself up under his arm.  Snuggle up next to your Papa.  He’s the Maker of the Universe, infinitely powerful, infinitely wise, and completely eternal.  And He wants to take this moment right now to spend time with Him.  Don’t withhold yourself from Him.  By all means – stop reading this blog and draw near to Him!

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