GETTING CLOSER TO GOD

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(Jeremiah 29:12-13)
Why do you attend church? Why does anyone? In the summer of 2018, Pew Research released the results of a nation wide survey revealing why people who attend church at least once a month, keep going.
Here are the top 5 responses:
5) To hear the sermons
4) To find comfort during hard times
3) To become a better person
2) To give children a moral foundation
1) To get closer to God
Those are all good reasons to attend church but the number one answer is most revealing. In fact, 81% of the respondents listed “getting close to God” as their number one reason for attending church. (https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2018/july/church-attendance-top-reasons-go-or-stay-home-pew.html ) The second most common reason was a distant second. People are hungry for God!
We should expect to experience God’s presence in church but fortunately we don’t have to wait for Sunday to feel closer to God- nor do we need to remain passive – hoping somehow closeness to God might occur-since we are urged to “seek God.”
God once spoke to a disillusioned people who had ignored God’s presence and in the middle of their discouragement He gave them hope. God encourages His people to come closer!
“Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.
You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:12-13)
Here’s a basic truth God has laid before His people for centuries:
YOU CAN GET CLOSER TO GOD WITH AN EAGER HEART!
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Consider all the avenues God offers to us!
“…call upon Me”
“…come and pray to Me”
“…seek Me”
“…seek Me with all your heart”
                                        (Jer.29:12-13)
The pursuit of God should consume the believer’s life. Wanting His friendship, fellowship, guidance, wisdom, and His presence should eclipse every other desire in life. Do you believe that? After all, He said “… seek Me with all your heart.”
Are you reluctant to pursue closeness with God? Do you think there might be other things in life more rewarding or of greater importance? If so, remind yourself how many times the Lord has offered the same opportunity throughout the Scripture:
“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you…”
(James 4:8)
“Seek the LORD while he may be found; call upon him while he is near.” (Isaiah 55:6)
 
“Now set your mind and heart to seek the LORD your God….”
(1 Chronicles 22:19)
“…those who seek me diligently find me.”
(Proverbs 8:17)
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness…”
(Matthew 6:33)
It’s true the lost world seeks everything but God (“…no one understands; no one seeks for God.”  – Romans 3:11). But the overwhelming evidence of Scripture points to the opposite for God’s people. Our spiritual life is designed for the healthy, relentless, on-going pursuit of more of the presence of God in our lives.
Here’s the best news of all- He gives us a promise: “You will seek me and FIND ME!” God wants to be soughtHe wants to be the pursuit of our lives but it’s not all seeking, the Christian life is about FINDING God’s presence and His friendship! In other words, closeness to God isn’t an empty pursuit- you can experience genuine friendship with God.
So today, what are you searching for? What are you hoping to find?
God says, “Seek Me.” That’s a powerful invitation. How will you respond?
-JKB

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