Come near to God and he will come near to you…
— JAMES 4:8
Where are you, God?” How often have we uttered this short, desperate prayer? It seems that in our life’s journey, there are those moments when we wonder where God is located. One moment, we are basking in his presence, and the next moment, he appears to have vanished. How do we maintain close proximity to the Life Giver?
We need to be reminded of the truth of his abiding presence. The Biblical promise is repeated numerous times throughout, stating that in reality, “the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you” (Deuteronomy 31:6 NLT). Armed with this truth of God’s unshakable companionship, our conclusion is that he has not left us, but in fact, we have distanced ourselves from him.
A popular African proverb identifies this disconnect: “It is only when you are close to a man that you can begin to smell his breath.” In other words, your proximity to someone reveals your level of intimacy.
Are we walking and abiding close enough to God that we know his character? Is our wandering tendency the actual source of our feelings of abandonment? Are we daily drawing closer to his voice, to his presence, to his very breath?
Father God, I desire your abiding Spirit in my life. From this day forward, remove any barriers and close the gap so that our journey together will be sweet communion. Thank you that you will never fail or abandon me.
FURTHER SCRIPTURE REFLECTION: PSALM 139:7–12
1. Have I been asking, “Where are you God?” Ask the Spirit to reveal any barriers that are presently keeping you from experience intimacy with God.
2. What can I do to draw nearer to him in order to experience his abiding presence?
Richard Enns, with his wife, Merinda, is the Canadian Regional Director for the Desert Sand Region.