YOU AND GOD
a brief series – Part 2
In The Gospel of John –
Jesus said the time is near when “the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father seeks such to worship Him,” (John 4:23) and God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that we might have “the right to become children of God,” (John 3:16; 1:12).
This is something about God the Bible conveys to us over and over – that God seeks a personal relationship with each one of us. He loves, He cares, He seeks, He calls us through the gospel.
This is expressed by James in James 4:8 – “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”
That’s what the Creator wants.
He wants us to come to Him through Christ, and He says, “I will draw near to you.” Galatians 4:9 speaks of being “known by God.”
It may remind you of that song, “Nearer, my God, to Thee.” And please note – this is not just about some emotional feeling that tugs at you periodically. This relationship you can have with God through Christ involves conviction, hope, priorities, prohibitions, participation and your overall submission to Bible authority.
The nearness of this great resplendent God is one of the astonishing revelations of the Bible. Moses fairly exults in it—“For what great nation is there, that has a god so near to them as the Lord our God is whenever we call upon him?” (Deuteronomy 4:7). The Psalms also take up the theme: “The Lord is near to them that are of a broken heart, and saves such as are of a contrite spirit” (34:18). “You are near, O Lord; and all your commandments are truth” (119:161). [Paul Earnhart].
Tomorrow, “You Need God.”