"Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded." James 4:8
Do you ever wonder "where is God?". Do you ever feel as though He is a million miles away? Do you wonder why you don't feel His presence? There are times when the Lord "sits back" and waits to come near to us. When He does, it is because He is working something in us and He is working out a plan for us... and those "silent periods" play a role.
But more often than not, the reason He seems to be distant is because He is waiting on us to come near to Him. The verse above not only gives a promise, but a condition and an order of things. "You draw near to God, and He will draw near to you." This means that there are times when He waits for you to initiate the conversation. There are times He waits until you call upon Him. There are times when He waits for you to seek Him out first.
When He feels distant, when He doesn't feel near, is this the reason? Have you neglected Him? Have you stopped communicating with Him? Are you expecting Him to be the one who is always "taking the lead" in starting your time together? He was the one who came to us first when we were in need of a Savior. He sent His One and Only Begotten Son first, then we responded to what He did for us. "While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8) He was the one who came to us first with His love, offering it freely and generously to us. "We love Him, because He first loved us." (1 John 4:19) But now that we are in this marvelous relationship with Him, we have access to be able to come to Him anytime, anywhere. He wants us to take advantage of this privilege. Start your day off by drawing near to Him. Don't just wait until you have a need. Don't just wait until you are in trouble. Don't wait until you have a problem and need an answer. Draw near to Him even when He seems distant. You will discover that He is not distant, but He is near.
Have a great day. If the Lord seems far away, it could be that He is waiting for you to come near to Him first.
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