The Light of Christ Journey

Encouraging people on their journey with Christ

Today’s Scripture & Insight: James 4:8

Have you ever felt that God was far away? Maybe you feel that way right now. If I want to draw near to God and feel His presence what should I do? We read in the book of James 4:8, “Come close to God, and God will come close to you.” [1]

Our relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ can grow cold like other personal relationships that we neglect. A husband and wife who live separate lives and take little time for each other will find themselves at odds. Relationships are like living organisms that need to be maintained and nurtured. 

What are ways we can spend time with the Lord?

The Lord loves when we spend time with Him talking to Him in prayer. Our prayers don’t have to be fancy or something out of a book, but just speaking to the Lord from our heart. The Lord is a safe place to pour out our heart. 

Another way we can spend time with the Lord is to read His word and ponder what it means. Sometimes it is good just to read a small number of verses and begin to mediate on them. Ask the Lord to give you insight and understanding. Don’t be surprised when He does. We read in Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” [2]

Lastly, take time to think about God’s love and the work of His salvation on the cross. Take time to think about how much He loves you. There is not a second of any given day where the Lord is not thinking about you. He knows every thought, every concern, and every tear that you have shed.  

As we renew our relationship with the Lord He comes closer just as His words says. Enjoy your time with the Lord! He is an amazing Savior!

God doesn’t just come to people in Bible times, He comes to us today. Listen to the story of Doug Brock and how God intervened in his life.

[1, 2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (James 4:8, Hebrews 4:12). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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