Close, But Distant!

Perhaps the saddest experience for any true child of God is to be so close to Jesus and still be so distant. How can that be, you ask. Imagine someone dearer to you than your own life, someone you are always close to. However, you do something that deeply grieves that person. They are very hurt but they don’t write you off. This is because they love you. This causes a strain in your relationship but doesn’t end that relationship. The problem is not them. The problem is you! They are hurt, but ready to forgive and forget. You created the distance by going your own way. They are waiting for you to come to your senses. You finally admit that you were wrong and ask for forgiveness. It is willingly and joyfully given. The strain is gone; the relationship is enjoyed! They never disappointed you; you disappointed them. Now, having been forgiven, the temporary distance is gone. You have come close to the one who is always close to you. This is how it is with God. Once we know Him; He is always there for us. We can and do grieve Him. Once we admit our sin, we are forgiven and the distance that we caused is gone. He never gave up on us; He was there all the time. It was we who wandered away. “If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: but if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (I John 1:6-9). We might well pray, as did Robert Robinson in his hymn: “Come, Thou Fount:” “Oh, to grace how great a debtor daily I’m constrained to be!  Let thy goodness, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to thee: prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love; here’s my heart, O take and seal it;  seal it for thy courts above.” Selah! The only way to keep from wandering is to keep drawing closer and closer!   Ron
 
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