James 4:8“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you...”
How can a Christian continue to stay close to God?
1. Draw Nigh to God
As God’s child, do you desire a close walk with God? If so there must be a diligent effort from you to draw near to Him. God shows us the way to approach Him in His Word.
Hebrews 4:14 “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.”
Hebrews 4:16 “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
To draw nigh is to come near to, to approach God. How do you approach God’s Word, do you draw near expecting that He will speak to you? How do you approach God in prayer, do you expect that He will hear you?
Hebrews 10:22 “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.”
2. God Will Draw Nigh to You
James 4:8 “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you...
When God seems far away, it is not because He has left you, but rather that you have strayed from Him.
At times a person may feel that God is distant, but it is during those times He may be the closest. Not feeling God’s presence does not necessary mean He is not near. He could be a chapter or verse away, just open your Bible; He could be just a meter away, just get on your knees. To have God close by your side is so precious.
Psalm 73:25-28 “Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. vs 26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. vs 27 For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee. vs 28 But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.”