Posted by: glorifyhim1 | July 18, 2018

When God Draws Near

When God Draws Near

“When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then you knew my path.”

(Psalm 142:3a)

 

Do you ever feel overwhelmed with things you are facing in life? It is probably safe to say that most of us face days, times, even seasons when life is downright hard. We can just read a few of the Psalms to recognize that the psalmists, too, cried out to God when they were overwhelmed.

 

“Lord, how they have increased who trouble me! Many are they who rise up against me. Many are they who say of me, ‘There is no help for him in God’” (Psalm 3:1-2).

 

“Why do You stand afar off, O Lord: Why do You hide in times of trouble? The wicked in his pride persecutes the poor; let them be caught in the plots which they have devised” (Psalm 10:1-2).

 

“How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me? How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? How long will my enemy be exalted over me?” (Psalm 13:1-2).

 

“My tears have been my food day and night, while they continually say to me, ‘Where is your God?” (Psalm 42:3).

 

Like the cries voiced in the above psalms, we, too, can face trouble, ridicule, and misunderstanding. Others may try to hurt us. We may experience pain, sorrow, rejection, or discouragement. We can become overwhelmed! So what do we do?

 

Notice that the psalmists went straight to God. The book of Psalms contain the cries and pleas of many as they poured out their hearts to God Himself. And, remarkably, while not every time, most of the time, they completed their petitions with thanksgiving and praise to the God they were confident would see them through.

 

No, their problems were not always solved; their burdens were not always lifted; and I’m certain that sometimes their tears probably still stained their pillows. But they discovered what we can discover too. When we come to God sincerely seeking Him, pouring out our hearts to Him, and placing our trust in Him, God comes near! As I draw near to God, He draws near to me (see James 4:8).

 

What happens when God draws near?

 

He sees us and He hears us.

 

  • I’m reminded of Hagar, Sarai’s maid, pregnant with Abraham’s child. She fled into the wilderness after her mistress, Sarai, dealt harshly with her. Yet, God saw her. The Angel of the Lord urged Hagar to return to Sarai and the Angel told Hagar:

“Behold, you are with child,
And you shall bear a son.
You shall call his name Ishmael,
Because the Lord has heard your affliction.
  He shall be a wild man;
His hand shall be against every man,
And every man’s hand against him.
And he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.”

(Genesis 16:11-12)

Hagar “called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, You-Are-the-God-Who-Sees” (Genesis 16:13).

 

Just as He saw Hagar, God sees us, too. He knows exactly where we are and what is going on. He sees us and He hears our cries.

 

He strengthens us and helps us.

 

  • In 46:1, the Psalmist exclaims: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

 

When we are in trouble, we tend to think that God is not with us, that He doesn’t hear us. Yet when we come to Him in faith, trusting every aspect of our lives to Him, He is our refuge and strength – even in the hard times. It is hard to describe, but even as we face trials, we can feel a sense of protection and peace because He is with us. As He draws near, He shelters us and strengthens us even in the midst of trouble. The prophet Isaiah reminds us: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).

 

He covers us with His mercy, grace, and love.

 

  • This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. Throughthe Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. The Lord is my portion,’says my soul, ‘Therefore I hope in Him!’” (Lamentations 3:21-24)

 

Our God is faithful! When we seek God and walk with Him, each day brings the assurance that no matter what heartache or evil we face, no matter how overwhelmed we may be, our God is with us. He is near with His mercy, His grace, and His love to catch us, to hold us, to equip us, to lead us, and perhaps to even carry us. We can have hope even in the darkest of circumstances.

 

When God comes near, we can rejoice in Him! Instead of the worries and problems that hound us, we see a God who loves us, who sees and hears us, who cares for us, who strengthens and helps us, and who covers us daily with His mercy, grace, and love. God may change our circumstances. Or He may give us understanding and direction in and through our circumstances. Either way, we will be able to rejoice in our faithful God, who is always with us – The Almighty God over all people and things, who draws near to us! “Therefore, I hope in Him!

 

 

 

“But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord,
    I wait for God my Savior;
    my God will hear me.

(Micah 7:7)

 

 

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