Tag Archive | James 4:8

Zechariah 1:2-3 ” The Lord was very angry with your forefathers. Therefore tell the people: This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Return to Me,’ declares the Lord Almighty, ‘And I will return to you,’ says the Lord Almighty.”

God message was declared over and over again in the Old Testament, “Come back to Me.”  But turning away from God was something mankind has always been really good at.  Time and time again God patiently and with pity continued to call His people back, but there would come a time when His wrath would be aroused against His people without remedy…and His active wrath would be poured out on His people.  We see God’s active wrath in the Flood, Sodom and Gomorrah, and the many invading enemy armies.  But what about today?  God’s anger concerning sin hasn’t changed…His message hasn’t changed either…He still wants us to come back to Him.  But instead of active wrath we see God’s passive wrath…His allowing and permitting of things to happen to mankind…all in the hopes of us returning to Him.

II Chronicles 15:2 ” The Lord is with you when you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you, but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.”

James 4:8 tells us to, “Come near to God and He will come near to you.”  What does “coming near to God” look like though?  It starts with communing or fellowshiping with our Heavenly Father…and that means getting to know Him.  It’s similar to when you first started dating your spouse…you talked together endless hours, getting to know each other.  God wants us to know Him…and He wants us to trust Him.  But we have to know Him before we can trust Him…and that means reading His Word and praying.  God assures us that if we seek Him, we will find Him…for He’s longingly waiting for that opportunity to be known by us.