Charles Mallory, Associate Pastor, Motley Free Methodist Church
When my family lived in Kansas, our home came with a “safe room.” This room was designed and built to withstand a tornado. It was reassuring to know we had a convenient place in which to go for shelter and safety from horrific storms.
The same is true for our spiritual lives. In this fallen world, we are always in need of shelter from the tempest of “spiritual storms” that are raging around us in the heavenly realms. The “shelter” is, none other than, God our Heavenly Father.
18:10, “The name of the Lord is a strong fortress; the godly run to Him and are safe.” These words reflect a quick and expedient decision to stay grounded in the presence of God.
How do we do that? James
4:8, “Come near to God and He will come near to you.” We must deepen our relationship with God. We must make the effort to remain close to God. We must get comfortable with spending time with God.
The Greek word James uses for “come near” means to “draw” or “to approach.” It can also be translated “to join one thing to another.” One way to “draw near” to God is to work at getting comfortable with silence and sitting still to enter into God’s presence.
Try reading aloud 1
3:10, “… “Speak, for your servant is listening.” Say that out-loud several times and then allow your spirit to start listening for the voice of God as He speaks to you.
If we will put away our distractions and willingly make the concentrated effort to seek after and draw near to God, He will join you… meet you… speak with you. He longs for such a relationship. Let these moments begin to shape and mold everything you do each day.