The Two Words That Bring God Closer To Our Hearts
John 11:35 Jesus wept.
The shortest verse in the entire Bible speaks so much into our lives about exactly who this God is that we serve. Sometimes we have this distorted view of God. The world sells us on this notion that He is some far away being, looking down on us disapprovingly, with a lightening bolt in hand ready to punish us for our behavior. We can also fall into the trap of thinking that God is too detached; only dealing with the more serious problems we or the world may face. Lastly, we can mistakenly believe that God does not understand what we go through in our lives. That the emotions we have to struggle with are so far beneath an all-powerful being. None of these lines of thought are true however. They are all designed by the enemy to weaken our relationship with God.
The truth is that God is not some far away God. He is always with us, as Jesus Himself promised:
Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Matthew 28:20 (NLT)
Note the emphasis from our Lord be sure of this. Do not doubt it beloved. God is always with us. Jesus even adds, even to the end of the age. He says this to provide two assurances. First of all, that there is no time, until all time is even done that He will not be with us. Secondly, the end of the age will be the most devastating time, when God will seek justice from mankind. Even then, no matter how tumultuous the time may be, Jesus is assuring us that He will be with us! There is nothing that can separate Him from us. Not even the end of this age.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow--not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below--indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8: 38-39 (NLT)
We need to be just as convinced as the Apostle Paul. God is not some far away entity, out of touch with our lives. The devil will lie to you and trick you into thinking God is an absentee landlord but remember the declaration of David: