Monday, October 1, 2012

What Does it Mean to Draw Close to God? ~ Day 1

I am so excited to start this 31 Day series. I thought I'd start by talking about what it means to draw close to God. I am by no means an expert (is anyone?) but my heart longs to walk with the King. This world is so big and scary and.. well.. evil. But there is so much beauty too. I don't want to go anywhere without the Lord walking before me, behind me, and beside me. To enjoy every part of this beautiful life he gave me with the knowledge that he will never leave me or forsake me. (Deuteronomy 31:8)

James 4:8 says Come near to God and he will come near to you.
Revelation 3:20 says Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.

Both of these verses reveal the same thing to me. There is action to be taken. God is not going to force his way in. He isn't going to do all the work. It's our choice. If we take a step toward him he will meet us there. If we open the door he will come in and eat with us. I am in awe that he would be so patient and he would love me SO much that he would just stand and wait for me to make the first move. I know if it was me, maybe I would wait for you to open the door but once you did you'd probably get an ear full. "Well, it took you long enough. What on earth could be so important you would leave me standing on your porch for so long?"  Not God.. he just comes in and eats with us. No guilt, just forgiveness. What a beautiful thing. Again, I am in awe.

So this next month is my journey. Finding practical applications everyday to draw close to God, to answer the knock, to take that step towards him. I hope that my journey somehow helps you too.

*Linking up with the other 31 dayers at the nesting place*

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