Why You Must Draw Near to God
This proud, know-it-all, and adulterous generation no doubt has been humbled in these recent times. Never could one imagine just a few months back what would be unleashed on the earth. This isn’t war with guns, bullets and bombs, but this war rages everyone. My husband said, even though you may not be infected by COVID-19, you are affected by it. Everyone feels the impact- in their lives, relationships, finances, emotions, education etc. Every single individual on the surface of the earth is not left out in the effect of this.
BUT, God still is in the business of making everything work together for the good of those who love Him, even as odd as this period looks! There is a positive intention in everything that ever happens to man. What are the positives is one thing we must all ask ourselves and dwell on those positives when we find our answers. I have asked myself this same question, and I have several answers. One of the positives I’d like to share with you amongst the several I’ve observed is the Need to draw closer to God.
I’d give reasons why we must draw closer to God:
1. He is the One and only One who took dust, molded you from that dust and breathed His own breathe into you to make that lifeless dust a living being. You were and are dust (your physical form) and couldn’t think by or for yourself, you didn’t know left from right, you had no idea anything better even existed, you were just happy and satisfied being dust! But then He looked at that dust and thought, ‘let me mold a delectable creature from this dust who will show forth my praise. How else do you explain unmatched creativity at work! He then breathed His own, His very own breath into you to give that dust life, and now you want to say you don’t need Him! How do you sustain a breath you didn’t give yourself? Please go back to source!
2. He is the Savior of your soul. No one else can save you completely like Jesus. He shed His precious blood, was whipped to reconcile humanity back to Him- the least we could do is desire Him.
3. He wants a Relationship with you! Colossians 1:16, “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: ALL THINGS WERE CREATED BY HIM, AND FOR HIM.” I emphasize on the last sentence. We were/are created by Him and for Him. We were not created for the devil or anyone else. No one else owns you. You don’t even own yourself. You are not your own. You are God’s. The least you can do is draw close to Him and have a deep relationship with Him.
4. You can’t Successfully navigate life without Him. And if peradventure you think you are making it through life successfully without Him, you can’t afford to die without Him- because that is disaster. Whatever you see as success without Him isn’t true success. He is the only One who can give peace, honor, wealth, riches, dignity, life without adding sorrow to it. No other one can give you these things without added sorrows. Nor can anyone give you these things without rubbing it in your face, reminding you every time that they gave you these things. Only God gives us and covers our messes.
5. You need Him so that you can make Heaven at the end of it all. Without knowing and accepting Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, the journey to spending eternity with Him is a far-cry.
For anyone who may be wondering, I’ve heard all these, but I don’t even have a clue on how to draw close to God, here’s the HOW:
1. Give your heart genuinely to Christ. Without inviting Christ into your life in total surrender, accepting Him as personal Lord and Savior, you are still playing. It all begins with this decision. Everything else builds on this. Without a foundation, no building can stand. This is the Foundation.
2. Go to the Word- your Bible. The more time you spend reading and studying your Bible, the more of God you know and the more He manifests Himself to you.
3. Pray always and Fast often. Fasting and prayer fatten our spirits, and God is Spirit. If we must know Him in Spirit, we must do so in spirit and in truth. Our spirit is really what connects with God, our outward appearance, our physical frame probably remains the same.
4. Die to self daily. This is easier said than done, even for me. This means leaving comfort, cravings, personal desires aside, being willing to be interrupted by God in your own plans. You know how you’ve got it all figured out and ‘set in stone’, and God disrupts it. We need to be ready to leave all these aside, because if He created us like He did, He always has our best interest at heart and He knows what is best for us at all times.
5. Watch those thoughts! Be very conscious of what you think. I don’t know who said this, but I’d quote it here, ‘you can’t stop the birds from flying over your head, but you can stop them from building their nests over your head.’ Yes, we may not be able to completely stop wrong thoughts from coming especially as we still live in a physical body and relate to a physical world around us filled with all kinds of images, words and ideas, but we can certainly stop those thoughts from finding the soil of our hearts and growing there.
Let us choose to make God’s Word ring louder than what’s going on around us.