Each day we live we should make every effort humanly possible to become closer to our God. In 2 Chronicles 15:1-2 we read these words: “And the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded: And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The Lord is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you”. We find here a most important principle for us to consider, namely, if we desire to have God’s presence in our lives we must walk closely with him. In doing so we strive to avoid everything that is offensive in his sight. Drawing nigh to him we endeavor to do his will in all things because we cannot trifle with his commands and still remain close to him. Drawing nigh to God requires that we present our bodies to him a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1). In essence this means that we give ourselves to him letting his word fill our hearts, mold our thoughts and guide our lives every step of the way. Make no mistake about this, there are so many things that will tug at our heartstrings in an effort to draw us away from God. The devil will throw all manner of temptations in our way attempting to lure us away from God. He will use the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and the pride of life in ways that will sorely try us (1Peter 5:8; 1 Peter 2:11; 1 John 2:15-17). It will take a tremendous effort on our part to walk hand in hand, side by side with him down this pathway of life. When there is a task to be done, a temptation to overcome, a mountain to climb or a battle to be fought, there is no doubting in my mind as to what God can and will do for us so long as we continually draw nigh to him. He will impart to us the strength and the courage to bear all things and to overcome any obstacle the devil may place in our path (Heb. 13:5; 1 Cor. 10:13; Heb. 4:16). Today the words of one of our grand old hymns echoes within my heart:
“I am weak but thou art strong; Jesus keep me from all wrong.
I’ll be satisfied as long As I walk, dear Lord, close to thee.
Thro’ this world of toil and snares, If I falter, Lord who cares?
Who with me my burden shares? None but thee, dear Lord, none but thee”.