Come Close to God
Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.” James 4:8-10 NLT
God is waiting for you to come close to Him. His arms are wide open, ready for your return. The love He had for you still holds strong and steady. The intimate relationship you had with Him is just a prayer away. Repent of your unfaithfulness to Him and ask Him to forgive. He stands ready and willing. Ever since Genesis 3:1-7 God has longed for the fellowship He had before Adam fell. We, too, have that deep longing for the fellowship we once had with God. However, we try to fill that void with other things. This is where we commit spiritual adultery on God. God has always remained faithful to us but we haven't been faithful to Him. It is time for us to return home. The door is open through Jesus Christ. A feast awaits the soul who has hungered for so long. A chair is empty and waiting at the table. The Master Chef of the ages has prepared the meal and stands to welcome you back where you belong. One bite of His provision and you will know that no other taste has even come close. The one thing we, the church, must do is confess our sins of unfaithfulness to our Lord. We must be remorseful for our wicked ways. Let us not mistake God's blessings for His approval. God has been good to us while we have been so ungodly. The goodness of God should turn us to Him, not away from Him. “Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?” Romans 2:4 NLT Today, let us recognize the lavish love of our Lord and let us respond in humility to His invitation to come home. If we approach Him in humility, He will receive and revive us.
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Rev. Curtis Norris