Finding your way to being nearer to God

Many times we don’t realize how close God really is. We think He’s way, way out there in another galaxy, millions of miles away. The truth is, we don’t have to go to a place in search of God. God is as close to you today as the person sitting next to you.

When the apostle Paul visited the city of Athens, he saw monuments dedicated to numerous gods, including one to the “unknown god.” It was as if having turned over every stone in their search of finding favor with the gods, they wanted to make sure they didn’t miss one! How close they were to the secret of everything! Theirs was the golden culture, perhaps the most shining society the world has ever known. But in spite of all of their efforts, their search to find God had not been satisfied. They had not heard the teachings of Christ or seen His miracles. They had not experienced the cross or the resurrection.

In the year 2019, we are not any different from the Greeks long ago. We too live in a “golden age” of technology, science, and modern medicine that the world never before dreamed of. We too are looking for value and meaning in our lives. But we don’t have to look far for the answer. God is here with us! God wants to share His life with us! This means that we are not alone with all of our problems and pains. Knowing that Christ is with us makes a world of difference in everything!

Jesus said in James 4:8, “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.” God is a gentleman. He will not force Himself to be a part of our lives. We must seek Him and ask Him to share His life with us. When we approach God, we will find all of the help that we need.

Drawing near to God is not a physical act. It is not building a tower of Babel: using our own achievements to get to heaven. It is not necessarily going to a church building or even walking to an altar to find God. It is an invisible act of the heart.

With this in mind, let us draw near to God, and He will draw near to us. Keep the lines of communication open. Your God will answer you when you draw near.

(“From the Pulpit” is a weekly sermon provided by the clergy members of The Weirton Ministerial Association)