Meet the Comforter

He is near!

How far is God from us? You can find this question very interesting in many ways. I know that many people will want to show they are very intelligent by giving very smart and straight answers and many will become apprehensive and many don’t know what to say.

I have watched with interest as people live out this question in their daily lives. It shows up in our prayers, church, in attitudes, in business, in relationship, family, politics and social lives. Sometimes we make so much efforts looking for God as if he is hiding somewhere. He said in Jeremiah 29:13, “…And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart” KJV.

He did not say go to the sea to look for me or go to the mountain to find me. He did not say travel to somewhere to search for me; but these are the very things we invest our time doing. Sometimes it is absurd the way we go about them.

After giving his disciples his last instruction before he was taken up to heaven he told them

“….lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” Matthew 28:20. KJV.

We are more eager to go about these things irrespective of what the word of God says and of course we have people who are vehemently encouraging us to keep on living as we do. Apostle Paul lamented about such style of life concerning Israel in Romans 10:1-3. “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.

For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.

For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.”

From all scriptural evidences God is near. He is near to you; he hears, sees and feels much more than you can ever imagine. It doesn’t matter whether you are a Christian or not. God is there. This may sound strange but look at it this way, how will God reward or judge people if he does not see them or hear what they say?

God is near. Your perception of him depends on the knowledge you have and on your relationship with him. If you know that God is near, you may choose to behave differently and believe differently. For instance if you know that God is everywhere, you won’t go to the seaside or the mountain top to look for him; you will not shout to make him hear (I don’t criticise speaking out when praying) and you won’t want to hit your wife at home and after preach in church. How about using different measures in business and outright manipulation of figures to gain advantage over others?

God is near you; this will give you comfort in time of need and in situations difficult to understand or in problems that persisted for a long time. When people close their minds to God they see him as far. When people wantto put God in a box they shout at him to comply or get booted. When people walk in disobedience they shut their minds from hearing God. When people what to use God, they keep hearing their human spirits and the demons at worst.

The Holy Spirit wants you to know he is there for you always. He is the best friend you can ever think of. God started looking for you before you ever knew anything about him. God made provision for you before you asked him. He is not willing to leave you and please don’t walk away from him. He cares and he does that passionately.

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