I can’t see you. There is great danger in being far away from God.

Posted: February 1, 2014 in close to God, danger
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We can easily sense danger when we are a long way from home, friends or anything familiar. And if our cell phone doesn’t work where we are, our perceived danger increases. We will do anything to get somewhere where the possibility of “never being heard of again” is eliminated.

The danger in trying to figure out life without God reinforces our need for Him. The enemy whispers lies about God that become less recognizable as we drift away from God, often without our knowing it. Remember how 1 Peter 5:8 explains our enemy’s intentions-he wants to wipe us out. He will keep us busy with religious stuff or embedded in some sin that attacks us anywhere and anytime.

Being in a church service or Bible study in a home does not guarantee closeness with God. A close relationship with God involves consistent time and conversation with Him. Satan will make us think that this is only for a few or that an occasional time with God is all He expects of us in a busy world.

Psalm 73:27 and 28 make it clear-we are in great danger as we get further away from God, so we should stay close to the one who refreshes us with life as it is intended to be lived. Malachi 3:7 adds that God is ready to re-connect with us if we take the first step, and James 4:8 reminds us to do whatever to get close to God. It takes honesty, vulnerability and consistent time with someone to develop a meaningful relationship with them. The same is true in a relationship with God.

Talk with someone about the dangers of distance from God and the value of a close relationship with Him. Think about what is keeping you away from a closer walk with God.

  1. Brett Yohn says:

    Good word, Dave. I’m speaking at KU next week. As I prepared yesterday, I recalled an illustration that my hometown pastor, Preacher Hallock, shared. When asked if he had to choose between the Word and prayer, “That is a hard one. It’s like choosing one wing of an airplane. I guess if I had to choose, it would be better to take the Word––God speaking to me––than prayer––me speaking to God.” I grew up from a child thinking that Christianity was about a close relationship with God. I was blessed and am mystified by the thought that God can be related to on an occasional basis. God did not send Jesus so that we could know Him from a distance.

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