Summary: God Wants Us To Come closer to Him in our Personal walk. However, this is a "Holy God" that we are drawing nigh to. Are we really sure that we want to come closer to Him? God alone can see us for what we really are and there is nothing that is hidden from
Drawing Nigh Unto God:
Text: James 4:8a " Draw nigh unto God and He will draw nigh unto you....."
James, the brother of our Lord and the leader of the New Testament church, admonishes this infant church to grow by --- "Drawing nigh unto God." God expects us grow in our personal walk with Him and to come closer to Him. He expects us to not just come near Him ---- but to "draw closer to Him." regardless of where we may presently be -- there is always room to come closer to Him.
God basically has two reasons why He wants us to draw closer to Him.
#1:) To Reward us for acts of faithfulness to Him and acts of love and kindness to others &
#2:) To Chasten us for acts of disobedience to Him and His word.
So when the Holy Spirit urges us to draw closer to God -- what is our reaction to His call? Do we eagerly obey or are we like the prophet Jonah and head off in the opposite direction just as fast as we can go? Once we start running away,it odesn’t take very long to find ourselves a long way from where we need to be in Christ!
In the Old Testament book of Exodus chapter 24, we find God calling Moses to draw closer to Him and come into His holy presence. After God brought the children of Israel out of Egyptian bondage and parted the red Sea for them to cross over, they settled at the foot of Mount Sinai. There the multitude of over two million Israelites camped out for about eleven (11) months. During this time Moses went up and down the mountain -- seeking to hear the voice of God. After hearing what God wanted him to tell the people, Moses returned to the base of the mountain and declared to them what God had said.
Moses was behaving like a spiritual shepherd should. Many people today will say, "No one is going to tell me what to do and how to live!" However, God still speaks to spiritual overseers, pastors, and gives them words and messages to give to His people. we are then called upon to give heed to what the shepherd has said because both we and the leader will give account unto God.
There came a day when God spoke out of the mountain. The mountain shook, fire and smoke poured from it, the sky grew dark, lightning flashed and the thunder rolled. It was a frightening sight unto the Israelites. A powerful and holy God was revealing His awesome power and they knew that there was still sin and rebellion in their lives. They were fearful to come any closer to God. I can picture them backing away as far as they could from the mountain, from the glory of God, and from His divine anointing.
God summoned Moses to come to the mountain. Off Moses goes toward the shaking, smoking, burning mountain as the lightning flashes and the thunder roars. The people no doubt thought Moses was insane to be climbing such a mountain that was filled with the power of God. But Moses had been in God’s presence before and he knew that in His presence there are intimate outpouring of His Spirit poured into our hearts. If our hearts are clean we need not dread being in Godss presence!