God is Near

2 Chronicles 16:9: For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.

I came across this scripture text about ten years ago and it has become a verse that I repeat to myself often. We all go through times when we think that God is a million miles away. Often, we wonder if God has forgotten about us as we trudge through our daily lives. This verse always reminds me that God is closer than we think and He is always watching over and guiding those who are His followers.

There are many days when I find myself repeating this verse of scripture over and over again. In this world that we live in, there are so many things that compete for our attention. And the evil one will do everything he can to make us think of anything except God. So when I find myself worrying, afraid, or my thoughts don’t reflect my beliefs as a Christian, I begin repeating this verse over and over again. “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.”

I believe that God and the spiritual world are closer to us than we realize. As followers of Christ we know that the Holy Spirit lives and dwells within those who believe in Christ. So we really shouldn’t be surprised to come to an understanding that God and the unseen spiritual world are closer to us than we think. As I begin to more fully grasp the nearness of God, my daily walk with God rises to a new level. I know that my God is nearby and is available anytime I call upon His name. He is not some unattached, distant being who could care less about his creation. I serve and experience a loving and forgiving God, who is engaged with everything that is transpiring in this world that He created.

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