One morning Stan was back on the subject of how he got started journaling and how much the whole process had meant to him.
“I was making my way through the Bible after starting with the fifteenth chapter of John’s Gospel, and going a chapter each day,” he began.
“I went through the Book of Acts and the various letters, sensing that something really special was happening to me, but just couldn’t put my finger on it.”
“I had this wonderful sense of being ever closer to God, but not knowing why,” he continued. “And then one morning I read James 4:8 and it all made sense.”
“What was that?” I asked.
“The verse says, ‘Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.’ That is what was happening to me,” Stan exclaimed very excitedly.
“As I deliberately chose to draw closer to God, He responded in a magnificent manner by drawing close to me.”
“And round and round it goes,” Stan continued. “As God draws closer to me, I again choose to draw closer to Him and He responds.”
“Closer and closer we get. And deeper and deeper our relationship grows! It is precious beyond my wildest dreams.”
“Does that happen with everyone?” I asked.
“That is the plan,” Stan replied. “Unfortunately, not everyone who is bound for Glory takes the step to choose to go in that direction — and it is a choice. It does not happen automatically.”
Continuing, he said, “God does not force Himself on anyone, but if a person has the genuine desire to know Him, and chooses to draw near to Him, he or she better get ready, for something wonderful is about to happen!”
Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. James 4:8.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for drawing ever closer to me when I choose to draw near to you. I am so thankful that this is your plan for developing our relationship. Please continue to move in me to want, with every fiber of my being, to draw ever nearer to you. Amen.