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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Come Near

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

This is an incredible promise! But it is more than that. It is a requirement to live a spiritual life in Him. I must seek Him before I am even aware of His presence. In every moment or problem or trial or circumstance I must immediately and unconsciously turn to Him. It can be praise or it can the silent cry of a tired heart. He hears all.

Nothing is needed but that silent cry. There is no need for me to say anything. There is no need for me to plead desperately. There is no need to make vain promises for Him to hear. It is wonderful to know that He is there always listening to the silent cry of my heart. If I draw close to Him, He always comes near to me. Help comes in answer to my heart's need.

But it is not only help that comes, but the sweet joy of His presence and friendship! It is a sweet closeness of His spirit with mine which always brings peace no matter what might come. If I draw close to Him, I shall never fear. He is constantly with me, and His presence always brings His joy, His peace, and His love.

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