Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. James 4:8 NKJV
Have you ever heard God whisper in your ear? Have you ever felt His presence as if He gently brushed against your arm? Have you ever just paused for a moment because you realized that the God who created the universe just made what seemed impossible happen?
We are but a speck on the canvas of the earth. There are millions of people on this planet, and yet God knows your name. He knows how many hairs are on your head. He sees each and every tear that falls from your eyes. If you call His name, He is there, ready and waiting to hear every word, It is truly amazing to realize that the God who controls the entire world, hears my every word.
I have come to realize that not many people really know God. Sometimes I wonder if I can ever know all there is about Him that He wants me to know. In the last few years I have been amazed at the people who are saved and know who God is, but really have no relationship with Him.
In James 4:8, we are promised that if we draw near to God, then He will draw near to us. Drawing near to God is a little more than going to church on Sunday morning. It isn't about tithing or serving on committees. In order to develop a relationship with someone, you have to spend time with them. You have to talk to them. Sit and listen to them. Tell them about your sorrows and your joys.
God is like that. He demands your love and obedience, but He doesn't want you to think of Him as a big God out there somewhere who controls everything and has little or no time for you. Even though He wants to bless us, I think He wants us to want more from Him than simply to be the "Daddy Warbucks of the Sky". He is our Heavenly Father. We are HIs children. He wants to be our Daddy.
I don't know who God is to you, but I can tell you who He is to me. He is my Heavenly Daddy. I run to Him when I fall down and He lets me climb into His lap and He holds me while I cry. When I am ready to try again, He gently puts me back on the path in the direction He wants me to go. He is always there when I need someone to talk to and even though He knows it already, He patiently lets me express my pain, my confusion, my wounds. He hears me when I yell at the top of my lungs or when I can't even utter a word. He is my best friend.
If you answered no to the questions in the first paragraph, then spend some time with my Heavenly Daddy. He loves you more than anyone on the planet. There is no one who can love you like He does. Get to know Him better. Spend some time with Him. Learn to hear His voice. Listen for His whisper in your ear. Know what it feels like to have Him so close that the hairs on your arm stand up. Let Him move mountains for you. Tell Him your fears, your hopes, your dreams. Learn to draw close to Him....and trust me, there is no substitute for what it feels like when you know He has drawn close to you.