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I’m Right Here

When crises come into our lives “and stay”, we get discouraged.  And, with a downcast spirit, we can begin to question, “Where is God?”  In other words, we feel that if we are doing well and we are happy, God is very near to us.  Yet, if the journey of life begins to be rocky, God must have left to take care of something or someone else.

That is just not true.  Life contains both the smooth places and the rough patches.  It is important that we trust God in both.  When things seem to be routine and there are (from our perspective) no real concerns that cause us anxiety or concerns, we tend to coast.  It is in those times that we are very vulnerable to spiritual attacks and highly susceptible to being snared by the enemy.

In the challenging times, we are much more determined to pray, seek God’s help, and admit constantly our need for spiritual power from our LORD.  When we are aware of dangers, we are more aware of our frailty and need for divine presence to see us through.

God longs to be near us.  He is never happy to be distant from us.  If there is a gulf between man and God, it is because we have moved into sinful regions away from the light of God.  Scripture admonishes us, “Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.  Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”  (James 4:7-8).  I like this “insight” I found…….

Christ was there in creation to be close to us. We can see in Genesis 2:7: “The Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” This was a close, personal touch. We are formed clay. The word picture in the original language is a potter at his wheel forming a vessel. I never paid much attention to it before, but Roger Lee brought this to my attention a couple of years ago. We were walking across the parking lot, and out of the blue Roger said, “I’ve been thinking about something, and you know what? Man is the only part of God’s creation that He touched to create.” 

“Everything else came into being solely through the spoken word of God. But God came close in a special way to create mankind. God got His Hands dirty, so to speak.” 

We see this again in Genesis 2:21-22, when God created Eve:
21. And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place.  22. Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.

I like that personal touch of God bringing her to the man. That was the Lord. It was the pre-incarnate Christ. And He didn’t have to do any of that. I am sure that He could have spoken man into existence just like He did the rest of His universe. But the Lord wanted that close, personal touch. Christ was there to be close to us from the very beginning!   (copied).

So then……Hebrews 10:22 – Let us draw near (to God) with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith.