1997-08-01 - It May Be Our Move
When we feel distant from God -- and most of us go through it at some time! -- sometimes we wait, and wonder why God doesn't seem close. At times, it is because we need to make the first move back toward God.
James 4:8 (NRSV) Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
Note: Our drawing near precedes His.
And we are to go to our local churches, to listen, to learn from His word. That is a part of the process.
Eccl 5:1 (NIV) Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong.
Note that the words "draw" and "Go," are action-oriented. They require us to initiate action.
Also we need to keep praying during the dry times.
Psa 6:3-4 (NIV) My soul is in anguish. How long, O LORD, how long? 4 Turn, O LORD, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love.
The Psalmist earnestly seeks out God. He pours out his feelings to Him.I have found that if I keep doing the things I should -- prayer, worship, Bible study -- even when I don't feel like it, the closeness to God returns. But I have to do my part. I can't sit back and wait for God to act.
Dear Lord help us to do our part in seeking You out. Draw near to those who feel distant from You. Help them to truly understand the love You have for them. In Jesus' name amen.