Pressing Through Pain

Over the past several years, we have been confronted and inundated with signs informing us to keep at a distance from others. Maintain social distance. Refuse to enter into proximity with others. Resist the temptation to mingle and socialize. Of course in the middle of a “global pandemic” this may have been wise for a time. Unfortunately, some people think in these same terms in relation to God.

James 4:7-12 tells us to resist distancing ourselves from God. It also tells us to stop distorting our identities by giving ourselves over to lesser loves. Instead, we are to focus on God and realize what we receive when we initiate entering into God’s presence.

He meets us where we are by drawing near, which is always His response when we draw near to Him. Whenever we intentionally comes to Him with our hurts and hang-ups, He pursues us wholeheartedly and draws us into deeper intimacy with Him.

This is especially important when we’re, dry and when our hearts are heavy. We often don’t know what to say, but we know we need Jesus. Inviting Jesus near allows His tenderness to touch every area of our lives. We start thinking more clearly. We start acting with greater kindness.

I know for me the time the pandemic was happening I grew closer to God than ever. I received an opportunity to spend more time with my family and my heart was more open to hearing God’s voice.

However, we sometimes allow trivial pursuits and unimportant interruptions to take place when we are not involved in a shut down of our world. In today’s world we tend to pull up social media and scroll through our feed rather than spending time with God. And we tend to mindlessly read the bad news. We must break the cycle and prioritize our time in the presence of God.

When was the last time you intentionally set aside time just to meet with God? Are you at this moment as close to God as you’d like to be? God says come closer, “Draw near to Me, and I will draw near to you” (James 4:8).

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