God Is Eternally Near


110415_Eternally_NearAre you a child of God who trusts in Jesus but often feel God is distant and faraway? That your sins have separated God from you? Then, I’ve got good news for you.  Your feelings are wrong. Trust God’s Word.

Here are a few Scriptures to encourage you:

““For what great nation is there that has God so near to it, as the LORD our God is to us, for whatever reason we may call upon Him?” Deuteronomy‬ ‭4:7‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭34:18‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth.”  ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭145:18‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”  ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:13‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

This nearness of God that you crave for is actually God’s gift to you in Christ. With the blood of Jesus, God has solved your sin problem. And with it, the distance between Him and you is eradicated.  This is what it means to be “in Christ Jesus.”  God is eternally near.

In spite of how you feel, believer in Christ Jesus, God is a “very present help in time of trouble.” He is your Heavenly Father. As such, you can be certain He will be always only a prayer away.

But what about your feelings? They result from your beliefs.  When your beliefs are wrong, your feelings will be wrong. If you are feeling God is distant, He isn’t.  The problem lies with what you are thinking. Deal with those wrong thoughts by meditating on the truth of the Gospel and your feelings will eventually line up. But until they do, choose to doubt your feelings and agree with God.

Child of God, you can be as close to God as you choose to be.  So, receive the gift of His nearness.  Enjoy the privilege of His presence.  Don’t doubt. Commune.

Now, I would love to hear from you. What are some things that may cause you to feel that God is far away, and what are some ways you combat those feelings?

 

6 Comments on “God Is Eternally Near

  1. Sometimes, I feel God is far when I’m going through trials and I pray without and immediate answer. You know that time when you feel you just need an instant miracle, then in your human self you start to ask, God where are you, what have I done to deserve this and so on….

    Later, when the trying times are over and things are falling into place you then realize that God works for your good on his own timing…

    Thanks for the reminder that God is always near Bishop.

  2. Thank you sir for this word especially your response above as to why “God does not punis/ get rid of wicked people ”
    Personally, I believe most people feel God is distant when we do not get our prayers answered especially praying for healing and our loved ones end up dying despite our prayers. How do I tell someone God is near, yet He has not intervened in their time of need?

    • Is God not near if someone does not receive physical deliverance? When Steven was being stoned, he looked up and saw Jesus standing. God was near, giving Steven strength. And God intervened by delivering Steven from the hands of wicked men through his death. For the believer, death is the ultimate healing and the beginning of incorruptible life, not the end of life.

  3. Thanks Bishop for your of encouragement. May tbe lord continue to inspire you with his word of grace.

  4. I believe God is near me all the time. I just don’t understand why it takes him so long to punish the wicked people. Look at what is going on in Cote d’Ivoire or in Syria. Why aren’t the wicked gravely punished by our Lord for all to see his wrath?

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