“Come close to God, and God will come close to you” (James 4:8a, NLT).

Sometimes when we get too close to people, children or animals, they back up in distrust. So we’ll hold out our hands, either empty to signify no threat, or with a treat to show our good will. This certainly works with kids and dogs! Adults often take a little more convincing because we’ve all been fooled or hurt by those with bad intentions.

We already know God understands us, welcomes us and will never be deceitful in his intentions. This verse tells us all we have to do is move close to him and he will come close to us. He doesn’t back away, wondering what we might have up our sleeves and we don’t have to wonder if he has any tricks up his either. God is more responsive to us than we can ever imagine. All we have to do is move one millimeter in his direction to experience his closeness, but even if we have trouble moving, he’s always right beside us, closer than our own heartbeat.

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