Friday, March 6, 2009

Draw Near to God

"Draw near to God and He will draw near to you…

- James 4:8

The Bible tells us that God will draw near to us if we draw near to Him (James 4:8) and it’s true. I have recently begun to understand the meaning of drawing near to God. When I was upset or frustrated, instead of turning on the T.V. or radio, I opened the Bible and sought after God. I wanted to know what God wanted me to do when something was going a certain way, I wanted Him to guide me and take control of the situation. God spoke to me through His Word. His Word truly is living and breathing. Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” God speaks to us through His Word and not only does His Word challenge us and give us knowledge but it gives us insight into who God is and how He works.

When you don’t feel like getting into God’s word is when you need to do it the most. When you are abstaining from something and are tempted to stray off that road you need to open the Word. His Word is His light for our paths (PSALM 119:105). It is “Salvation for everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16). God gave us direction and guidance in His Word. In the Bible we may also learn about His saving grace, through His Son, Jesus Christ. We can learn about the character of God. He is awesome and great and He loved you so much that He sent His only Son to die for you. God is big and powerful, but He does care about the things going on in your life, however insignificant you think they may be.

Prayer is another way we can draw nearer to God. Communication is a key factor for a relationship to be successful. Talking to God keeps the line of communication open and keeps your relationship with Him strong. You don’t have to use big words or “thee’s” and “thou’s” to talk to Him. God already knows your heart and He’s ready to listen to you anytime of day and no matter where you are. You can talk to God while your driving (eyes open, of course) or even while you’re standing in line to get food. I encourage you to keep your eyes on Him and your mind set on His will and purpose for your life, and you can do that through prayer and reading His Word. God is the Creator of the universe but He is also your friend and He loves you. If you read Psalms you can see how David talked to God. David was open and honest with God, he cried out to Him and longed for God to guide and speak to him. David would even pretty much tell God what he wanted Him to do but one thing David always did was acknowledge who God is.

Matthew 6:33 tells us to seek God first and then all the things we worry about will be added to you (according to God’s perfect will). I challenge you, whenever you get frustrated or have time to spare, open God’s Word and breathe in what He breathed out. God will see that you are seeking Him and He will honor that. Take the time to go into His Word. Draw near to Him. Seek Him with all your heart and He will draw near to you.

References: The Bible, NKJV


  1. What you say is very true and the Bible is "living and powerful... and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12). The more you study it the more it will speak to you.
    The Bible also says that "And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart." (Jeremiah 29:13); so I encourage all those that find it difficult to understand the Bible to pray and ask for the Lord to give you understanding. In it you will find answers to many of your life's questions.