God Is Near

What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the LORD our God is near us whenever we pray to him? — Deuteronomy 4:7 (NIV)

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit. — Psalm 34:18 (NIV)

Come near to God and he will come near to you. — James 4:8a (NIV)

He’s not sitting on a cloud somewhere in the sky waiting for something to happen.  He’s not busy in some corner of the universe creating supernovas and black holes.  He’s not too preoccupied with the problems in the Middle East or social issues.  He’s not dealing with more important matters for which others are praying.  He’s not too deeply engaged with problems like the national debt or who’s running Congress.  He’s got all of that under control (believe it or not!).

His primary concern is you.

He loves you and is concerned for you.

He wants to be near to you.

He is not a god that is far off and doesn’t hear our cries.

He is the God who is near to us.

In His love, grace and goodness, God draws near to us.  He’s only a prayer away.  If you draw near to Him, He has promised to draw near to you.  The world’s problems are not too big for Him to handle.  Your problems are not so seemingly insignificant for Him to truly care about.  He knows your problems and your pain and He will help.

Jesus is called “Immanuel” which means, “God with us.”  He was the ultimate expression of God’s desire to draw near to people.  He became like one of us in order to demonstrate His love for us and His desire to be with us.  He hears you and He knows you and He wants to be near you.  Go to Him and draw near and sense His loving presence surrounding you today.


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