“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you…” (James 4:8, NASB) What a magnificent promise of God! That the Creator of all things, our all-powerful God, would even notice us—much less that He would graciously come close to us—is astounding. Do you want the Lord to move toward you? If so, we must understand this principle: the Lord moves toward those who first make a choice to move toward Him.
This is a principle that we see throughout the scriptures. For example, in Old Testament times, Azariah the prophet brought this message from God to Asa, king of Judah: “The Lord is with you when you are with Him. And if you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.” (1 Chronicles 15:2b, NASB) If we want the Lord to be with us, we must first choose to be with Him. If we want Him to let us find Him, we must first choose to seek Him with all our heart and soul.
We see the principle again when God brings a message of hope to the nation of Judah who were exiled in Babylon. The Lord says, “Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:12-13, NASB) The Lord will listen to those who call upon Him! The Lord will allow Himself to be found, but only when He sees His people first put their whole hearts into seeking Him!
Do you feel far away from the Lord today? Have you drifted away from Him because of sin in your life, or because of spiritual complacency? Our God is waiting for you. He is longing to forgive you. He is longing to bless you. He wants you to be near to Himself, but He is waiting for you to make a move toward Him. If you will take steps to draw near to Him, He has promised to draw near to you! If we will seek Him diligently, He has promised to let us find Him! And finding God is the greatest treasure that could ever be. Let us draw near to Him with all our heart today.