Drawing near

The Bible says in James 4:8, “Come close to God, and God will come close to you…

Over the years I have reflected on this verse many times when I “felt” like I was not walking closely with God. I know as Christians we can’t always rely on our feelings, but sometimes God does feel distant if we are honest. When I have felt like this I try to focus on drawing near and claiming that He will draw near as promised in His Word.

To be honest though, I have mostly focussed the first part of that verse while neglecting the second part that says, “…Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world” (NLT).

When you read the whole verse it tells me that sometimes God might “feel” distant due to my sin or divided loyalties. Ouch!

How about you? Does God feel like He is distant and far away sometimes? If that is the case, you might like to pray with me now…

Dear God,
Right now I take the time to stop and draw near to You. Please draw near to me. Sometimes Lord it feels like You are distant and that I am not close to You. In those times please come near to me and walk with me. Come and be right by my side. Lord, if there are times when You are distant because of sin in my life, please gently reveal it to me, so I can confess it to You and be forgiven. I desire to be found in Your presence at every moment of every day. I ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen.