“Come near to God and he will come near to you” (James 4:8a, NIV).
If I draw near to God, He is near me. This is a promise that never fails! If I seek Him, I will find Him. This verse is more that just a promise to feel His presence. It is a requirement to live a spiritually mature life– trusting that when I draw close to Him, He is there to take care of me. In every fearful moment or problem or trial or circumstance, I immediately turn to Him. Even when I can't voice the words, He hears the cry of my heart, and lifts me from the despair that drowns me.
At times I cry out in my brokenness, but 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. Before a word is on my lips, He knows my need. All I must do is come to Him and He stills my racing heart and terrifying thoughts. At His feet I lay down my fears and burdens. When I draw close to Him, He always comes near to me. His help comes in answer to my heart's need.
Not only does His help come, but He is with me. It is a sweet closeness of His spirit with mine which always brings peace no matter what happens. If I draw close to Him, I shall never fear. If I draw close to Him, He is constantly with me. If I draw close to Him, He is my strength and my deliverer. If I draw close to Him, He is my answer for all the questions of life. If I draw close to Him, He fills my life with peace and joy. He is everything I need.....if I draw close to Him.
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