Estes Echo

God is Near

If God were to ride to work with you one morning, what would you say? Would you praise Him? Would you ask Him to help you with your struggles? What would you say to God? Far too often we forget just how close God really is. How close are you to God? Your answer may be “very close!” but my guess would be that most of us would say that we could be much closer to God than what we are now. One of my favorite songs is “Nearer Still Nearer,” and the message that it has speaks so powerfully to me. How near are you to God?

I once heard Barry England say, “The nearer we allow God to be, the farther Satan becomes.” When have you been most susceptible to sin? Was it when you were reading God’s Word daily? Was it when you were talking to God through prayer on a regular basis? Probably not. If we come near to God, He will come near to us. And if God is near you, then Satan will have go work really hard to get you. That comforts me to know that God is on our side. If God is on our side, who can be against us? Not even the devil. If we stay close to the cross, not only is God close to us, but He is within us! That’s pretty near if you ask me! With our eyes fixated on Christ and the Spirit that we read about in Galatians 5, we have the whole Godhead with us. Isn’t that exciting? I encourage us that wherever we are in our spiritual walk with God that we will not become lazy. Instead, recommit every day to His will and develop a closeness to Him that you’ve never had before. God is always near us. Are you near to Him?

–Alex Blackwelder