Come near to God and he will come near to you. James 4:8
Such a full and rich promise this is. The beauty of this promise comes because it is an assurance for my soul. It’s honestly the greatest experience I can know, to have this sense of a personal and intimate relationship with God and myself.
Billy Graham makes this statement, “Every Christian’s life is closely bound up with the life of God because in Him we live and move and have our being. He breathed into us the breath of life. He has put something within us that is like unto Himself, something capable of developing into the rich quality of Christ-like character.” The Holy Spirit.
One of the most wonderful truths I remind myself of often is that because I am His child, God longs to have fellowship with me. How often I get caught up in my own shortcomings, to the point where it seems hard for me to believe that truth. His love is steadfast. His long is continuous, in spite of me and human nature.
All through scripture I read about God’s patience and perseverance as He pursues the misguided–men and woman who were born to a high destiny as His children, but who strayed from His side.
God wants my companionship. I’ll never understand. He wants me close to him. How incredible. How humbling. He wants to be a Father to me, to shield me, to protect me, to counsel and guide me in my life.
I pray that the Holy Spirit help me live embracing this truth, this reality… and keep me ever close to God. I want to walk with God, to sing with and to Him, to laugh and cry with Him, to love and live with Him.
How good you are, Lord.