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By BARBARA BROWN
We live in moving and changing times. Whirling planets, roaring waves, rumors of war and ever-changing family dynamics try to move us. I’ve experienced moves that were good and others that were disturbing and unsettling. And, I’m thankful to say I’ve found a handy solution to apply when things go upside down. I move in, and reduce the distance I feel, by studying my Lord’s promises.
We can choose to allow cold and distant feelings, or we can make a move and draw near to God. The Lord Jesus is as close to us as the mention of His name. If we will be still for a moment and meditate upon the beauty and symmetry of creation, we can feel his nearness. In the dark and star-studded winter nights we have, pause frequently to look up, and be inspired. And remember, the Lord has written volumes of tender notes about us, look no further than your own DNA! If we can find gratitude in our hearts for such wonder and goodness, the joy that swells in our souls will bring us into his presence, nearer to him.
I’ve heard it said that if you feel distant from God, guess who moved? We can easily drift away from the promises of God. Because we walk by faith and not by sight, we must interpret events by what we know (in his Word,) not by what we see (in the world). Let’s consider the great energy and effort made by God, when he moved toward us by giving his Son to us. How closely has Jesus drawn near to us? Close enough to knock on the door of our hearts!
“Listen! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and have dinner with him, and he with he.” — Jesus the Son of God, Revelation 3:20
Barbara Brown is a Bible teacher at the Lighthouse Church of God.
Perspectives is a regular column sponsored and written by members of the Ketchikan Ministerial Association.