Matthew 11:28-30 NIV
“Come near to God and he will come near to you…”
James 4:8 NIV
Wow! I just can’t get over how comforting these words are right now.
This morning I was reading a devotional centered around these two verses, and it made me think a bit. So, more of my random thoughts…
Usually, when it is most imperative that we “come” near to God, draw close to him, that is when we run in the opposite direction. We endeavor to lean upon our own understanding and trust in our own willpower to see us through. That is where the folly occurs because that is when we need God the most…when times are tough…when the simplest solution would be to wallow in self-pity/guilt/misery/shame.
The word “come” implies action. It takes effort on our part. We must seek God, actively search for him, in moments of distress. If we do so, he will make himself readily available to us. When we reach out for him, at that very instant, the supernatural power of the life of God will invade us. The dominating power of the flesh, the world, and the Devil is paralyzed, not by your act in itself, but because your act has joined you to God and made possible the outflow of his redemptive power.
Isn’t it just so amazing?