Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. –James 4:8
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”–Ecclesiastes 3:11
Within the human soul there is an overwhelming yearning toward the Creator. Until that desire is fully met, the human soul remains restless, constantly striving for the unattainable. In the heart of every human being created in God’s image is a longing to experience the awesome greatness of God’s presence. Nothing else can satiate that burning desire.
“How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.” Psalm 84;1-2 NIV
Passion Translation “God of Heaven’s Armies, you find so much beauty in your people! They’re like lovely sanctuaries of your presence. Deep within me are these lovesick longings, desires and daydreams of living in union with you. When I’m near you my heart and my soul will sing and worship with my joyful songs of you, my true source and spring of life!
There is beauty in everything God made. He has placed a sense of eternity in our hearts. A longing for the ‘eternal’. We look back on the past and ponder over the future, yet we cannot understand the ways of God which are past finding out. “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!” –Romans 11:33 KJV
Can you fathom the deep things of God or discover the limits of the Almighty?He does great and unsearchable thing. He provides rain for the earth; He sends water on the countryside. He gives prosperity to the poor and protects those who suffer. He frustrates the plans of schemers so the work of their hands will not succeed. –Job 5:9-12; 11:7
What are the benefits of drawing near to God?
“Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— –Psalm 103-1-2
God doesn’t just call us to draw near for His own benefit. Drawing near to God and living in the spirit is a lifestyle of victory. The more you abide in God’s Word and in His presence, the more you will hear His voice and the more victorious you will be in every area of life.
The Passion Translation of Hebrews 11:6 says, “He rewards the faith of those who give all their passion and strength into seeking him.”
When you give your passion and strength into spending time with God it becomes a priority in your daily life. It is a persistent and constant effort on your part to draw near to Him each day. Pressing in to His presence! The reward is that He will draw near to you. There will be a closeness between you and God—a fellowship—a friendship. Nothing is more precious than friendship with Almighty God.
“No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. –John 15:15
The benefits of drawing near to God are many. Benefit means an act of kindness; a favor conferred. To do good to; to advantage; to advance in health, or prosperity. God longs to be gracious to you. He will rise up and show you compassion. –Isaiah 30:18 All you need to do is ask. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
- He will guide you into all truth. “He will guide you into all the truth.” –John 16:13
- He will show you things to come. “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.” –John 16:13
- He will be your refuge and strength in times of trouble. God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. –Psalm 46:1
- He will provide for you. “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” –Philippians 4:19; “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” -Matthew 6:33
- He will be your Comforter. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. –2 Corinthians 1:3-4
- He will defend and protect you. –Psalm 91
- He will make a way for you. “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” –Isaiah 43:19
Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance!
All Scriptures are taken from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.