“let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water”. (Hebrews 10:22)
In this scripture there is one main, straightforward command, namely, “Draw near!” That is what the writer wants you to do. Draw near. It is a directing of the heart into the presence of God who is as distant as the holy of holies in heaven, and yet as near as the door of faith. He is commanding us to come. To approach him. To draw near to him. When you determine to get closer to God, be assured that you are not self-imposing, because God is “drawing you”. He loves you.
With so many things happening in life, busyness, anxiety, and distress, often we stray and wander far away from our Creator. Lent is that time to disconnect from any form of busyness and ponder on the question: “Am I still in right track or in tune with my Saviour”? If you find out that you have lost the ‘signal’ or spiritual touch with the Lord, I would like to encourage you to reflect on your ways. God’s will is that we draw near to Him; “Draw near to God and he will draw near to you”. (James 4:8a).
- As you draw close to God in prayer, in worship, and in His Word the Bible, remember and be encouraged by the fact that He loves you! “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8) .
- And know that His love for you is “everlasting;” it won’t disappear because you’ve faltered or sinned. “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow…”. (Isaiah 1:18).
I’ve wandered far away from God,
Now I’m coming home;
The paths of sin too long I’ve trod,
Lord, I’m coming home.
Coming home, coming home
Nevermore to roam
Open wide Thine arms of love
Lord, I’m coming home
Words from: ‘I’ve wandered far away from God’ by William J. Kirkpatrick (1892)
Revd. A Nyawo