Drawing Near To God

Southaven, Ms

By: Mike Upchurch

I’m always amazed when someone states that God is a mysterious Being to them. That He is far off and elusive. That He doesn’t speak to man anymore. That man can’t understand or know God. That His ways are not our ways, and therefore He is unapproachable.  If you try, you might be struck dead. 

Really?  Really??

The truth is God WANTS you to know Him. He WANTS to teach you His ways. He wants fellowship with you.  Let’s look at some scriptures concerning that very thing……

“You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”

‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29:13‬ 

“Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”

‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭33:3

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”

‭‭James‬ ‭4:8‬

“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.”

‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭5:6-7‬ ‭

“Come now, and let Us reason together,” says the LORD, “Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool. If you consent and obey, you will eat the best of the land;”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭1:18-19‬ 

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.”

‭‭Luke‬ ‭12:32‬

There are many more, but the truth is God the Father does indeed want fellowship with His creation. He wants an intimate relationship with you and me.  He is the Creator and designer of love!!  He instilled love in each one of us. Think of that; the Author of love, the One who “wrote the book” on love is completely understanding of our ability to love, and knows whether or not we love Him!  The Bible commands us to love God with all our heart and soul and strength and mind!  In turn, He loves us with even more depth because He IS love!

That’s the God that wants a relationship with you; the One who deeply loves you!

Before I completely surrendered to God, I had the ominous feeling He was just waiting to smash me!  That He couldn’t wait to punish me for my wrongs!  I just knew He hated me!

But when I completely surrendered to Him I found out I couldn’t have been more wrong!  He is understanding of our weaknesses. He knows EVERYTHING about why we do what we do!  Yet He still loves us! 

There are many though who are stuck in that mindset that He is an angry God, ready to wipe us out at any moment!  They get that concept from hearing sermons from the Old Testament that show God wiping out entire cities and peoples. Rest assured God WILL punish sin in the Last Day, as we wrote of last week. He WILL punish sin that hasn’t been confessed and redeemed by His Son!

I get that people are afraid of that God, the Judge!  As well they should be!  But as we’ve said so many times before, Jesus Christ His Son changed everything by going to the Cross and repairing the chasm created by sin between God and man. 

But there are still many who don’t understand that. They reject God because they feel they’ll have to clean up their act or live a Monk’s life with no fun whatsoever. 

I understand that too. If they like to party and they like to run on the wild side now and then, a friendship with God could certainly curtail their freedom filled lifestyle!

But if you could see beyond this life on earth, you’d realize there is a very real eternity on the other side. There IS a Heaven. There IS a Hell. And you WILL be in one or the other for all eternity. 

And the level of your relationship with God determines where you’ll be.  So wouldn’t it make sense to choose the far better of the two options?

Draw near to God. Seek Him. Study His word to see what He is really like. Read the book of 1 John. It gives you a picture of the true nature of God. One who deeply loves and IS love!

If you don’t know Him today on the level we’re writing of, then here is my prayer for you…..

“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭15:13‬

God IS hope. God IS love. God CAN and WILL be your friend. Try Him, and you’ll fall in love!

And that’s the way I see it!

Pastor Mike