“A rule I have had for years is: to treat the Lord Jesus Christ as a personal friend. His is not a creed, a mere doctrine, but it is he himself we have.” – D. L. Moody
When God wanted to give Moses the law, he told him to climb a mountain, maybe so he could separate himself from the activity around him and get as close to God as possible while still having his feet planted on earth (Exodus 19:20). On that mountain, he learned God’s ways, received his commandments, and saw his glory.
When Jesus saw a woman who was bent over because of an evil spirit’s influence for eighteen years, he called her to come over to him. He could have healed her from a distance. He could have gone to her himself. But, he stopped walking and invited her to come closer. She did, and she was healed (Luke 13:10-13).
When Jesus went throughout Galilee in his early ministry, he invited people to come to him so they could have rest for their souls (Matthew 11:28).
We see the pattern, don’t we? God does not want to be distant from us. He sent Jesus to bridge that gap and now both the Father and the Son say, in essence, “Come closer. Don’t hide from me. Don’t stand at a distance and call out to me. Just come. Sit at my feet. Listen to my voice. Tell me what you need. Let me love you. I’m waiting for you to move from your place of stress and anxiety and get close enough to me to know me, to trust me, and to receive peace and joy from my hand.”
What are we waiting for?
“Come near to God and he will come near to you.” – James 4:8a
Wonderful message. BTW, You have an extra “was” in paragraph 3 before the word went to quickly fix.
Blessings on your day, Ruth
On Wed, Jan 12, 2022 at 5:06 AM Walking Together on Holy Ground wrote:
> beverlyvankampen posted: ” “A rule I have had for years is: to treat the > Lord Jesus Christ as a personal friend. His is not a creed, a mere > doctrine, but it is he himself we have.” – D. L. Moody When God wanted to > give Moses the law, he told him to climb a mountain, maybe s” >
Thank you, Ruth. Fixed!
Thank you Beverly. I needed to hear this today. God bless you and yours.
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Thank you, Sheila!
I love the climbing a mountain to be closer to God analogy! When I am on the mountains in Colorado all I can think about is God!
So great to hear from you, Linda. You know that I completely agree with you about sensing God’s presence when we are on the mountain trails.
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