Not Far

Closer than I thought

Many years ago we were at an airport to see some friends off on their trip.

It dawned on me I hadn’t seen our four-year-old Andy lately. I looked in every direction, only to realize he was standing right beside me—and I had been unconsciously patting his head all along!

Ever near

God wants people to “seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us” (Acts 17:27).

“Closer is He than breathing, and nearer than hands and feet” (Tennyson).

“And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13-14).

He truly wants to be found.

But we must seek Him.

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“101 Ways to Relieve Stress” was the title of an attractive poster I saw once. Although it included many good pointers, it lacked a spiritual dimension. About as close as it came was the recommendation to forgive.

Here are two stress-relievers, direct from Scripture, guaranteed to work:

Seek Him!

Your heavenly Father values you above His lesser creatures. He takes care of them, doesn’t He? “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things [food and clothing] will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).

Tell Him!

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God . . . will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).

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Must We?

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Practical atheists: what some call those who believe God exists, but live as though He doesn’t.

There’s a major disconnect between their “faith” and their lifestyle.

“And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6—emphasis added).

Note the non-negotiables: 1) belief in God’s existence, and 2) belief that He rewards those who seek Him.

Most people believe God exists. But how many take it to the second level and truly seek Him?

And we?

With atheists on one end of the spectrum and true God-seekers on the other, where are we?

“. . . he who comes to God must . . . .” Must, a strong word, that!


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