Draw Near to God

A Christian praying

God created us for relationship and communion. He created Adam and Eve. They were close to him. They could commune with God and have an intimate relationship with him until sin came.

Adam and Eve enjoyed a close relationship with God, but sinned. They were driven from the presence of God. 

Everyone was born in sin. Just as sin separated Adam and Eve from God in the garden of Eden, sin separated us from God from birth (Psalm 51:5; Isaiah 59:2).

God wants us to draw near to him, but we can’t if we remain in sin. He wants us to repent of our sins. 

No one in sin can be close to God. Jesus was on the cross and he cried, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” — Matthew 27:46.

God did not forsake his Son, Jesus. At that point, Christ was bearing the sins of the whole world on him. God distanced himself from him because he has nothing to do with sin.

Similarly, God distances himself from anyone in sin but wants everyone in sin to draw near to him through repentance.

We must draw near to God because we can do nothing without him and can only find rest in him. Christ encourages us to come near to him and he will give us rest (Matthew 11:28).

Life without God is hard labor and like a wanderer seeking rest but finding none.

To draw near to God, confess and forsake your sin. If we confess our sins, God is faithful to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (Romans 10:9). Accept Jesus into your heart, believe in his death and resurrection and you will be saved (Romans 10:9).

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