Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 4:8
God’s not unreasonable. He doesn’t require some outlandish things from us to get close to Him. Do you even want to be close to God? Did you know it is up to you how close you are to Him? I’m sure we would all say “yes! I would love to be close to God.” The fact is that we can be as close to God as we choose to be. Just as our relationships here in the world require us to invest time and energy into them, that is the same way we get close to God. We invest special time that we specifically set aside to spend getting to know Him. It’s not about just reading the bible and going through a list of needs with Him. It is about worship and love. Spending time giving honor and glory to Him and being thankful for all He has done to make Himself available to us. Yet, how many of us are willing to set aside time to really press into Him? How many of us really want to know Him? Not just know about Him or have ideas about Him, but who would take the time to study and spend time learning from Him and His Word and being thankful for all His blessing.
It’s easy to get stuck in the habit of reading a portion of scripture, thanking God for the day and for our food, but never going any deeper with Him. Today’s verse promises that when we drew near to God, He will get closer to us. It’s like when we take a step toward God, He takes a step toward us. The closer we get, the closer He gets. He doesn’t force Himself and He doesn’t ignore us. God knows everything about us and yet He still wants to walk with us through each day. He also wants to make Himself known to us. He has given us an entire book about who He is and His character of goodness and love. He is not trying to hide Himself or His plans from us, He wants us to walk out the path He has planned for us so He can get His greatest blessings to us.
Here’s the thing: God already made the first move, now He is waiting for us to respond. 1 John 4:19 says that we love Him because He loved us first. The way to be close to God is to recognize the depth of His love for you and know that He desires a personal relationship with you. He set this life up so that we could carry His Holy Spirit with us wherever we go, to be our personal guide each day. He desires for us to talk to, trust and follow all that He is leading us to so that we can be successful and enjoy this life to it’s greatest potential.
Today I want to encourage you to spend time with your Heavenly Father. I know we all have our time when we read God’s Word each day and conveniently check if off the list as done However, this time take it a step further and talk to Him about what you have read and how you can apply it in your life today? Take time to personally connect with Him through praise, worship, thanksgiving and then listen for anything He may be speaking to your heart. He has a good plan for you today, but it is up to you to get the plan.
Today’s scripture reading: James 4:7-10