189. Choosing to be Close to God

“You may not remember,” Stan began, “but when we were first getting together I told you about my experience of drawing near to God.”  

“I remember well,” I replied.  “It had to do with reading a verse in the Book of James and realizing its truth.”

“That’s right,” Stan said.  “James 4:8.”

Stan then continued, “I was reminded of this again this morning while I was in the Book of Psalms where it makes the same point, but adds a qualification.”

“What is the qualification?” I asked.

“Truth,” Stan responded.  “It says that God is near to all who call on Him in truth.”

“What do you think that means?”

“For me,” Stan said, “it is a matter of choosing with all of my being to want to be near God, and for me consistently to want Him to be near me.”

Continuing, he said, “It is not to be a hit-and-miss proposition; or one that runs hot-and-cold depending on how I feel.  No, I am to deliberately choose to have a close relationship with God all of the time.”

“And,” Stan concluded, “if I choose to have a close relationship with God, I will have a close relationship with God.  If I choose the opposite, that will be the result.”

“Seems like a no-brainer,” I replied.

“Depends on whose brain you’re talking about,” Stan said with a smile.

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The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.  Psalm 145:18.

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.  James 4:8.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, that you want me to be near to you, and that you want to be near to me.  You know how much I allow self to get in the way of the relationship you intend.  Please forgive me for all of the times I have chosen self or some other thing rather than you.  And, Lord, I ask that you move in me in exact accord with your will to open me to want the closest possible relationship with you all of the time.  That is what I want, and I know it is what you want, so let’s make it happen!  Thank you that I can and do bring all of these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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