It is when we are drawing nigh unto God that battles come causing us to draw away from the things of God. Our adversary sees us drawing closer and closer to the Lord and wants to move us from that deep place of intimacy.
Lies the enemy speaks to us are deliberate to draw us away from our closeness with the Lord, and he attaches them to a no need to declarative statement. It’s the enemy’s list of all the things we need not do when we are in the midst of a trial: go to church; read and study The Word; rest in the Lord; pray; worship; seek His direction, etc.
Yet, it is the opposite that is true. In those times, drawing nigh unto the Lord is what we need to do more than any other thing because it’s only in His presence that we find peace and joy. The greater the battles, the greater the need for God.
We seek and remain in a face-to-face encounter with our Lord. We draw nigh unto Him with our whole heart. God sees the longing of our hearts and blesses us with His presence. It’s about quality, not quantity. Whenever there is anything pulling us back, let’s move towards our Lord, from glory to glory!
Hebrews 7:19 “…for the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.”
When we draw nigh unto God, He draws nigh unto us. Our loving Father is waiting for us to stretch our hand out to Him. As soon as we do, He quickly draws nigh and we come in contact with an increasing measure of His glory.
Because God is eternal, He is outside of our time dimension. In the natural, if we were to watch a parade go by, we would only see it as it comes in front of us. The higher we would go, the more we would see of the parade. God sees the end from the beginning. He touches our past, present and future at the same time. He protects all our family members at the same time. He stretches out His hand against the wrath of our enemies. The moment He touches us, we come in contact with eternity. Heaven touches earth. Glory touches dust. Healing touches sickness. Hope touches despair.
Whenever we draw nigh unto God, we can expect Him to draw nigh unto us. Almighty God longs to be one with us. He loves us and desires to walk with us—hand in hand, in one accord, from glory to glory!
Psalms 138:7-8 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand Against the wrath of my enemies, And Your right hand will save me. The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.
God often leads us to go the extra mile in our steps of obedience. He leads us to do more, to make a greater effort than we normally expect. We press through by His grace to do whatever it takes to do things His way. Going the extra mile opens doors that take us to our glorious destiny.
For Rebekah, giving water to the camels after giving it to Eliezer, was going the extra mile. She didn’t know the camels were carrying all the wealth of Abraham or that she would meet her husband through this extra step in her daily routine. It takes a long time to give water to ten camels. They drink a lot. When much is given, much is required. The Holy Spirit leads us to go the extra mile in many areas, to do the extraordinary.
We go the extra mile when we do things that we don’t have to do but want to do because of our loving heart. It’s a step above and beyond the regular step. It’s the extra hug, extra smile, extra time at work, extra kind word, extra phone call or extra gesture. Some of these extras we do in secret. Only God knows of them. We, just like our Father God, take extraordinary, exceptional and remarkable steps so that we can glorify Him, from glory to glory!
Genesis 24:19-20 “And when she had finished giving him a drink, she said, ‘I will draw water for your camels also, until they have finished drinking.’ Then she quickly emptied her pitcher into the trough, ran back to the well to draw water, and drew for all his camels.”