“But it is good for me to draw near to God…” Psalm 73:28
Some of us hold onto the world and our everyday lives and our calendar books and appointments and responsibilities and our relationships and our to-do lists and our families and social lives and agendas and school work and jobs and entertainment and enjoyments and doctors’ appointments and the whole of our everyday lives so tightly that we can’t even conceive of coming away from it all each and every day to draw near to God!
Or, we have made the commitment to draw near to God and spend time alone in His presence daily but we can’t seem to see this dedicated time as more than an obligation, drudgery, something to get over-with, something we simply must do, something to cross off on our must-do list, etc.
Oh, but what we miss when we don’t draw near to the Lord each day! And, oh what we miss when we draw near to Him daily but have the wrong heart, attitude, and motive! Oh, what we miss!
Do you realize the Lord of the universe, Creator of the world, Savior of the world, God almighty, Lord of Lords, King of Kings, Father in heaven loves us so much He sent His only Son Jesus to the cross and to be raised from the dead so we could have a relationship with Him we could not otherwise have through repenting and believing in Him as Lord and in His death and resurrection?
Do you realize Jesus died and rose again to bring us back to God? To break the divide sin has caused between humanity and God? SO WE WHO TURN TO JESUS AS LORD AND TRULY LIVE FOR HIM CAN HAVE AN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM NOW AND FOREVER IN HEAVEN?
SO WE CAN HAVE ACCESS TO HIM EVERY SECOND OF EVERY DAY FOREVER?
SO WE CAN BE IN HIS FELLOWSHIP FOR ETERNITY?
Do you realize HE WANTS US IN HIS COMPANY FOREVER?
Do you realize in His presence is forever JOY and everlasting pleasure?
Do you realize this relationship with God almighty doesn’t begin in heaven but is for us right now on earth once we receive Jesus as Lord?
Do you realize He wants us to spend time with Him to learn of Him and from Him and to enjoy Him and be transformed by Him and to grow more like Him and to experience His gloriousness even now on this earth before we get to be with Him face to face in heaven?
There is no greater invitation in the universe than to receive Jesus Christ as Lord and to enter into His forever Kingdom and to draw near to Him day by day and everlastingly!
Yet is it not true some of us may at times or even all the time pitifully, dreadfully, ashamedly, tragically take for granted the Lord’s call to us to be forever His and to spend time alone in His presence even as Jesus Himself spent time alone with God the Father in heaven?
Oh, how far short I have fallen in this! Probably true for so many of us, is it not? But let us not waste time mourning over where we have fallen short in this. Let us repent and receive God’s forgiveness and be glad! Let us rejoice! Let us celebrate!
And let us say to the Lord, YES! I will draw near to you, oh Lord! I will come to you, oh Lord! I will spend time with you, oh Lord! Thank you, oh Lord, AMEN!
Be encouraged, friend, to take the time and to enjoy the time and to be thankful for the time you come away each day to be with Jesus. Draw near to God, oh yes! Draw near, my friend, draw near!
“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,” 1 Peter 3:18
“For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.” Ephesians 2:18
“You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11