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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

A God That Is Not Remote

Jeremiah 23:23 Am I a God who is only close at hand?" says the LORD. "No, I am far away at the same time. 24"Can a man hide himself in hiding places So I do not see him?" declares the LORD. "Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?" declares the LORD.

God is addressing the lying prophets in this passage, but the same thought process should be aimed at us as well when it comes to being uncomfortable. God is saying, "Am I a God that only sees what happens in heaven? Am I a God that cannot see, hear, and be aware of various persons and things?" Fact is, God was aware of you before you were consummated in your mother's womb (Jeremiah 1:5). 

It would be illogical for God to have the Son of God die for our sins and not care enough to be watchful over us. That being said, we would have to be ignorant of who God is to allow the situations we struggle through to break us and not help us get to a deeper level in relationship. When you hide and run away from the uncomfortable, we are stunting our growth and proclaiming God is too remote to aid in our situations. We are proclaiming who God is not.

It's time to stop running away from things that are uncomfortable and difficult. It's time to confront issues in our life. At some point we ha
ve to humble ourselves, realize God is a God that loves from afar and close by and desires to comfort. John 14:1 says, "Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me." Jesus said this to his disciples. When you are feeling stretched the response is not to flee but to cling. Cling to God and let Him come through on His promises. YES, uncomfortable situations are scary, but living daily without God is scarier.