1) Proverbs 3:32b (NLT); 2) James 4:8a (NLT)
1) …he offers his friendship to the godly. 2) Come close to God, and God will come close to you.
I desperately want to be loved! There we go, I’ve said it! But it is a need I believe every single one of us can relate to. This is a need that can drive me to the worst behaviours – attention-seeking, self-absorption, manipulation… the list goes on. The truth is, me being loved is very difficult to control because I cannot control the way others respond to me. And when I try to control the way others respond to me, I end up driving others away.
That is why James 4:8 contains one of the greatest securities imaginable.
“Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you.”
I never have to fear God’s response to me, he deeply loves me and I am as close to God as I want to be. I do not need to manipulate him, or be someone other than I am. There is one thing required to be close to God – to want to be close to God!
Dear Lord, I can chase love all over the world, but there is one love that will satisfy me… and I have as much of it as I want to have. Teach my heart not to wander but to earnestly draw near to you. You never disappoint.’
Written by Andrew Mellor