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The Nearness of God

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.  James 4:8 NASB

the nearness of GodI can’t see Him, but I feel the nearness of God.

I love to be around my family—especially my children and grandchildren. We plan events, birthdays, and special occasions. I enjoy going to their homes and them coming to mine. I enjoy doing things with them or doing nothing at all.

When I enjoy the wonders of God’s creation—the spectacular cloud-filled skies, vast mountains, dense forests, glassy lakes, stunning sunsets, exquisite flowers, and delicate hummingbirds—I sense His nearness.

If I experience trouble or danger, God’s protection reminds me of His presence with me. Everywhere I go, He goes before, behind, and beside me. So I have no reason to fear.

God’s presence is, at times, felt and revealed. It brings a deep peace that gives us calm assurance. God is a present help. He is not distant or at a far-away place out of our reach. Instead, He is at arm’s length. And if He is near, we know we are dear to Him and precious in His sight.

We want to be close to those we love and cherish. It is the same with God. He longs for a close relationship with us. The psalmist says if we draw near to God, He will draw near to us.

In times of uncertainty or doubt, God provides encouragement and hope. And in times of sickness, He gives strength and healing. Whenever we’re afraid or confused, His presence fills us with a calm sense of power, love, and a sound mind. His nearness brings comfort, peace, and security.

What are some ways you can feel God’s nearness?

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Karen Huffaker

Karen Huffaker is now a breakthrough freelance Christian writer after working many years writing and editing in the corporate/legal world. She has taught children’s Sunday school and single mom’s Bible studies and written poetry. She is from the deep South and loves reading Christian books, devotionals, genealogy adventures, fishing, and all things family. She is also passionate about her grandchildren’s sporting events.