Drawing Near

Hi everybody! I hope you are well. My thing as of late is asking people how their day has been on a scale of 1-10, so answer that for me in your heads please, thanks. With August comes many new beginnings, one of those being a new book for my Bible study. We chose to start studying the book ‘Stronger” by Angela Thomas. I am only on day four, but I can already tell you it is a beautiful book that I would highly recommend thus far. One of the things I love about it is it’s a daily study, not just a weekly study. It’s a good way to keep yourself accountable… disorganized people like me need structure like that, and I think the fact that it is split up into seven little sections per big section is lovely. Aside from that, though, I love the book itself. I’ve really just been learning a lot about the strength of God. It amazes me that God can be so strong and Sovereign and fair, but so merciful and loving at the same time. He is everything that is good all at once. I love that. Anyway, I’ve said it a thousand times and I will say it a thousand more, God always gives you the exact Word that you need. When we seek Him, we always find him.

“Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8

I always feel the farthest away from God when I’ve spent the least amount of time with Him. Something I’ve also noticed though, is I always feel the closest to the Lord when I’ve spent the most amount of time with Him. What a crazy thought that is. But guys, it is so so true. God will not hide from you. You will never find yourself seeking the Lord whole-heartedly and receiving nothing from Him in return. That is not to say you will always get the reaction from God that you want, because you most certainly will not, but you will always know He is there. He isn’t trying to trick us. But He is a gentleman, and He is not going to draw near to us unless we draw near to Him. It takes a conscious effort to stay close to God. Francis Chan says it best with “We never grow closer to God when we just live life; it takes deliberate pursuit and attentiveness.”

To expand on that thought, this week alone… probably not even this whole week actually, maybe even just within the past few days, I have felt far away from Jesus, not necessarily because I was doing some terrible thing, but because I just wasn’t spending as much time with Him as I should’ve been. I was doing the bare minimum, and it was showing through my attitude toward others, my thoughts, and my attitude toward myself. It just blows my mind how much different one day can be from the next depending on if you spend it in the light of God’s presence or not. It makes all the difference in the world how you start out your day.

On a completely unrelated note, but maybe not, I am incredibly happy that the Lord gives us the words to say in trying situations, and thankful that He is always there to comfort us. God is the only one who will never let us down, and while that at first sounds sad, it is actually a very beautiful thing to know. We cannot expect people not to disappoint us, because no one is perfect, and we are not perfect ourselves. Once we know this, it is much easier to love others, because we are not putting all of our trust and our hope in those people, all of our trust is in the one who won’t let us down. So all I’m saying today is, give people a break, because if the situation was reversed you’d want one too.

With love,

Claire

 

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