Sunday, March 6, 2011
Pastor said Wednesday night and I've been thinking about it quite a bit this week: "We are as close to God as we want to be."
I first thought of the old story of the wife who said, after seeing a couple in the next car where the passenger was sitting next to the driver, “Why don’t we sit like that?” Her husband’s response tells her the choice is hers: “I haven’t moved.”
I can't find a way to change what pastor said either. We truly are as close to God as we choose to be. He does not change, always available for us.
For I am the LORD, I change not; (Malachi 3:6a KJV)
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. (James 1:17 KJV)
He did provide for us to be sought:
For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. (Luke 19:10 KJV)
Action is required on our part.
When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek. (Psalms 27:8 KJV)
For those who deny His existence and reject what He has offered to mankind, there are consequences. I don’t have to go into them – everyone is aware that I believe they are defined in the Bible and available to anyone who wishes to read. The topic is being close to God, not questioning His existence!
So, how does one grow close to God?
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17 KJV)
Single verses are subject to change if you read surrounding verses, though. So I want to go one verse further:
But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world. (Romans 10:18 KJV)
Yep, “they” have heard. I have heard – and responded.
Now, you have heard – and responded?