We all see the changes taking place in the world today. We are told that what is right is now wrong, and that what is wrong, according to God’s Word, is now right. Many people no longer believe that God exists, or that if He does, He does not care for us. With everything happening to draw us away from God, now is the time to draw closer to Him. James 4:8 tells us “Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”
The Bible has many scriptures that tell us that we need to continue to seek God and draw closer to Him. Psalm 105:4 says, “Seek the Lord, and His strength: seek His face evermore.” In Isaiah 55: 6-7 NKJV, we read, “Seek the LORD while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.” God loves us and proved the depth of His love by sending His only begotten Son to take our place on the cross, where He took our sins upon Himself while imputing His own righteousness to us. John 15:13 confirms this love, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” This same love that the Father and Son have for us is evident through actions and the words of scripture, which are filled with promises to those of us who believe.
Psalm 145:18 tells us, “The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon Him, to all that call upon Him in truth.” In Zechariah 1:3, speaking to the Israelites who had turned away from God, it is written, “Therefore say thou unto them, ‘Thus saith the LORD of hosts; turn ye unto me’, saith the LORD of hosts, ‘and I will turn to you', saith the LORD of hosts.” When we turn away from the worldly entertainment, pastimes, distractions, and possessions, turning to God and His will for our lives, He will be there for us to help us through every situation we face.
In Acts 17: 24-28a, we read, “God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that He is Lord of Heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, seeing He giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; and hath made of one blood all the nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; that they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after Him, and find Him, though He be not far from every one of us: For in Him we live, and move, and have our being.” Made in God’s own image so that He might pursue a relationship with each of us, He is never far away when we call upon Him. So instead of pulling away or letting worldly lusts and desires take our attention from God, we need to make even more effort to spend time with Him and His Word, drawing closer so that we are in alignment with His will for our lives.
In Jeremiah 29:13, God’s message is, “And ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” And Psalm 9:10 tells us, “And they that know Thy Name will put their trust in Thee: for Thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek Thee.” In reading Psalm 34:4, we are assured that God hears us and cares for us, “I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”
So, no matter what the world throws at us, or what distraction may come our way, let us always make time for our Heavenly Father, drawing closer to Him and seeking to understand His will for our lives. 1 Chronicles 16:11 reminds us, “Seek the LORD and His strength, seek His face continually.” When we place God first, there is no room for the world to come between us and our Heavenly Father. Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” His promises are true, and when we take time to seek them out, we can stand upon them with assurance that He will fulfill them.
As we move forward in our walk with the Lord, let us continue to draw closer to our Savior and our Heavenly Father, following the counsel of the Holy Spirit as we seek God’s will for our lives. And let us be more like David, who in Psalm 63:1 wrote, “O God, thou are my God; early will I seek Thee: my soul thirsteth for Thee, my flesh longeth for Thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is.”
Grace and blessings on your path,
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