Seeking a Near God

Someone asked me a question a few weeks ago, “Is God still here?”  I’ve asked that question many times when I’ve found myself not committing my time to God or my focus to God.  God then feels so distant, so far apart.   I know that God is everywhere, but are You really here next to me?

It’s not that God is separated from us, but we separate ourselves from Him.  God is omnipresent and is everywhere at the same time.  There is no limit on time and space when it comes to God. 

The enemy will play on that.  As the accuser (Revelation 12:10), the devil uses our faults, our mistakes, our slip-ups to condemn us and make us feel that because we’ve done wrong or slacked in our devotion time with God that God wants nothing to do with us.  That’s a complete lie.  The Word says that God stands at the door of our hearts and knocks.  If anyone hears His voice and opens the door, He will come into them and dine with them (Revelation 3:20).  The emphasis here isn’t on where you are, but instead, where God IS.  He’s always outside our hearts, just waiting patiently for us to make the CHOICE to let Him in.  It’s difficult to choose God when you feel like you’ve been literally choosing EVERYTHING ELSE but HIM.  *Sigh*  And then the devil will make you feel like you have to make your own wrongs right when the truth is …Jesus already made everything right for us on the Cross (Romans 5:8).

Psalm 139 does a great job of reminding us that God is always near.  In the first 6 verses, we are reminded of what GOD HAS DONE.  God has searched, He has known, He understands, He comprehends, He is acquainted, He knows, He has hedged me behind and before, He has laid His hand on me.  These verses serve as evidence that God is a personal, relational God who sees and is fully aware of who we are COMPLETELY.  Hebrews 4:13 says, And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”  There is nothing hidden from God which reminds us that nothing we do, nothing we say is apart from God’s knowledge.  He knows us ALL (the good and bad) and LOVES us just the same. WOW. 

We must know who God is first because if we know that God is intimate, personal, and relational then we have confidence that God is always near.

So first take away – 
1. God is always near.
Verses 7 -12 in Psalm 139 shows us our response to an ever-present, ever-near God.  David asks, “Where can I go from Your Spirit?  Or where can I flee from Your presence?” The next few verses illustrate something profound – that no matter where I go, God is near.  The Scripture doesn’t point to God moving but to us moving. 
This illuminates that our movement is not a reflection of God moving because God is literally everywhere.  He’s not intimidated by our high points or low points, or light days or our dark days, because nothing intimidates Him.  There’s no place or nothing that can separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:35-39).  When I think about my own low places, my own dark days, I often think about how often do I let God into those spaces.  How often do you let God into your low moments?  If we believe that God is able to do so much for everyone else, why do we think that our darkness is too insurmountable for God to handle for us?  Our concept of God needs to go up and our emphasis on our pain needs to fall lower on our priority list.
We are not hidden from God but we choose to move away from a God who is able to handle all that we are without intimidation or fear.  You don’t intimidate God because He knows you already.
Second take away – 
2. God doesn’t move, we do.
How do we get back to God?  If God is always there, then why do we have to do anything?  We have to remember that God is near the shifting in our lives.  We are not alone in our situations or pain.   We don’t seek God just to seek Him.  But with searching for God, we are able to then create space for God. 
In our searching, we actually allow God into the space that needs Him.  Hebrews 11:6 says, “God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”  1 Peter 5:7 says, “Cast your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.”  If I know that God is near and I make an intentional effort to turn toward God, then I know that the closer I get to God the more God can infiltrate my space, my problems, my situations.  If God is a rewarder and His care for me is great, then I have faith that when I let Him in between me and my problem, He will handle it.  God wants nothing to separate us in our relationship with Him and He will gladly go to battle on our behalf no matter what.  
Third take away –
3. We get back to God when we seek Him. Seeking creates space.
So what are you going to believe today?  Are you going to turn your attention to God who is literally right there or continue to fixate your mind on all the things that you’ve done that will keep you from ever making that step?  Those who call upon the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:13)!  It doesn’t say you have to prep, or put on a front, or wait until tomorrow …it just says call.  Trust that when you call, God is never on “do not disturb”.  He’s always going to pick up for you because YOU ARE FIRST ON HIS PRIORITY LIST. 

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