I am speaking in the depths of your being. Be still, so that you can hear My voice. My words fill you with Life and Peace. Living close to Me requires making Me your first love – your highest priority. As you seek My presence above all esle, you experience peace and joy in full measure. While you journey through life in My presence, My glory brightens the world around you. (Jesus Calling, December 16th)
Recently (for my birthday) my sweet friends gave me a little devotional book called “Jesus Calling”. The little book is filled with scripture verses, paraphrased as if Jesus is speaking. It has been so meaningful these past several days to read the message each morning that the LORD has for me. I have been especially encouraged and stirred because of the Bible study I’ve just completed with my small group(s) and how it relates to Jesus speaking to me. Priscilla Shirer is such an enlightening teacher, and led us to really comprehend a most wonderful gift we’ve been given – access to the throne of grace!
In Christ, we are able to commune with the Father. And the Spirit leads us into hearing, understanding, and discerning. We now, because of Christ’s death and resurrection, have the freedom to boldly approach God and hear from Him. Then we are able to walk in obedience to His voice. Too often though, I approach prayer as what is “next” on my agenda, rather than seeing it as an opportunity to fellowship with my Creator, Guide, and Strength. Although I talk with the LORD throughout the day, really spending time with Him – as with a friend over coffee – is sometimes lost in the busy-ness of my days.
Sometimes I come to the end of a day, realizing that I’m a little sad because I haven’t spent much time with a special friend recently. Maybe we have both been busy or we’ve missed each other’s phone calls. Whatever the reason, I resolve then and there to connect with them as soon as possible, because I miss them.
This is the kind of intimacy I long to have with Jesus, the One who desires to be my very best Friend. I want to miss Him. To long for time with Him and to notice and grieve when I have been out of touch with Him. He is my Source of everything.
The Psalmist says: But for me it is good to be near God. I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, that I may tell of all Your works.
Emmanuel – God with Us!
Let us come boldly to His throne of grace where there is an abundance of mercy and help!
And so I sing with Shane and Shane “be near oh God of us, Your nearness is to us our good.”