Jesus came to make a way for us to be near God. In his life, death, and resurrection, Jesus is the bridge between us and God allowing us to have a continual, unhindered relationship with our Creator.
“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.”
James 4:8 contains a profound promise of God. Scripture says, “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” Now that seems opposite to what many of us have been taught, or how many of us think. It seems backwards. Doesn’t God do the drawing? Isn’t God the one who’s constantly pursuing us?
When we dig deeper into the meaning of James 4:8 we discover what I believe is an important and significant truth that is foundational to living in communion with God: the door of God’s heart is always open to us. His love is always for us. His presence is always available. To draw near to God is to simply open our hearts to what was always available. I believe its following in Mary’s example of showing hospitality to God, opening ourselves in obedience and surrender to God’s intention for our lives.
In his book, The Pursuit of God, A. W. Tozer describes two veils. The first veil was the veil between the Holy of Holies and the world that was torn at the death of Jesus, signifying the availability of God’s manifest presence to all. The second veil is the veil of our own hearts that is our decision to tear through in our response to God’s grace. It means “letting go” of all the clutter in our lives that keeps us displaced and disconnected from God, and this means opening our hearts and minds and life to God’s loving purpose.
Today let us take time to rip open the veil of our own heart and in so doing, draw near to God, and experience the triumph of his presence.
1. Meditate on God’s promise to draw near to you if you will draw near to him. Allow the truth of God’s word to fill you with faith to encounter God.
“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” James 4:8
“You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13
2. What parts of your heart seem veiled today? Where are you going your own way? Where in your life are you not experiencing the abundant life God has promised?
“We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, …. “ Hebrews 6:19-20