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Drawing Close To God

Believers want to stay close to God. We pray. We read Holy Scripture. We worship. We study and pray with other believers. We read books from authors we find inspirational. But drawing close to God, being close to God, staying close to God — that’s difficult for most of us day-in and day-out.

We get sidetracked. Work. Community. Church. Family. We sometimes fool ourselves by being so heavily involved in things we associate with God that we lose sight of God. That may sound contradictory, but think about it. We run from one thing to the next. We check off one box after another. Pretty soon, it’s more about us and what we’re doing than about God.

There are times, however, when closeness with God envelopes us. It may be caused by an event, a loss, a burden too heavy to carry, a joyous occasion. Sometimes, it may just happen. And when it happens, we know it; we feel it; we treasure it.

Paul expressed this state of closeness with God in his prayer in Romans 11:33-36. He was writing about love and mercy and salvation when all of a sudden, it seems that he drew close to God and found the words to articulate that closeness:

“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor? Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them? For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.”

Each time you know this closeness, write down what you’re thinking, feeling, or believing. Then when the closeness fades, read what you have written and draw close again.

2 comments… add one
  • Jerry Boyer December 14, 2015, 2:38 PM

    Thanks John! I loved this!! It kinna felt like you had been “spyin’ on me” (grin), but serious. I’d kinna thought I was the only one who had to strive to keep the closeness daily!! Keep writing… surely it’s making a great difference… Glory to God!!

    • John B. Phillips December 14, 2015, 4:27 PM

      Thanks for your comment. You’re definitely not alone. For me, I have found that striving to be close to God sometimes gets in the way. I have a hard time relaxing and opening myself to God’s spirit. When I am able to be quiet without and within, sometimes a closeness comes about. Thanks again.

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