Words from the Heart for Thursday December 19th, 2019
Come close to God, and God will come close to you.
James 4:8a (NLT)
England’s rise to global domination began with the voyage of John Cabot that began in Bristol, England in early May 1497. The precise location of Cabot’s landing in North America is subject to controversy. Some historians believe that Cabot landed at Cape Breton Island or mainland Nova Scotia. Others believe he may have landed at Newfoundland, Labrador or even Maine.
There is a longing in every human heart for a relationship with the living God. Many don’t understand that the gnawing in their hearts is because Jesus isn’t living there yet, but that is the reason. And those of us who know Christ understand this. After all, He has met the needs of our hearts and we know He will meet the needs of others as well. James, the half-brother of Jesus, understood this as well. So in James 4:8a he writes: “Come close to God, and God will come close to you.” The Holy Spirit works in the lives of those who don’t yet know the Lord. Jesus said in John 6:44 that no one can come to Him unless the Father draws them. So if you are feeling like God is beginning to draw you to Himself, He is. Draw close to Him in prayer. Get a copy of God’s Word, the Bible, and begin to read it. As you do, you will sense that God is drawing close to you. That is the promise that James give here, and you can count on it. God loves you very much and longs for you to be set free from your sin, guilt and shame. He is drawing you to Himself. As He does, He will come and meet you. He is only a prayer away.
These have been words from the heart.