The Comfort Of Closeness

The Comfort of Closeness

Nothing reveals more about what we believe about God than the things that bring fear into our lives.

Have you had restless nights as you await test results from your doctor’s visit? Maybe your child is determined to make a decision you’re certain will not turn out for their good, but there’s nothing you can say to change their mind. Perhaps the only conversation your spouse wants to have is how to go separate ways. Be sure, these concerns could have very real and painful consequences. Yet, God says, ``Do not be afraid.’’

Today, we have that same opportunity and responsibility as we face life’s difficulties. The comfort of closeness comes when we draw near to God. As we spend time reading and meditating on what He has said, His Spirit comforts our hearts. As we trade our restless nights for times of concentrated prayer, we arrive at a greater level of intimacy with our heavenly Father. As Christians, we have a comfort that is not based on our external conditions or the behavior of others. Rather, it is grounded in the assurance of God’s character, and our closeness to Him. “Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him for the help of His presence.” Psalm 42:5. One of the encouragements I greatly value about the Psalms is how they allow the reader to see the human frailties of the writers. The writers were like us – often confused, worried, and yes, fearful. They didn’t deny very real threats or fears. But those feelings and emotions were answered with truth, specifically that their comfort would come in their closeness to God. 

No, those spiritual disciplines are not necessarily intended to calm the external storms of life, but rather to calm those within and remind us of the comfort of His closeness. Psalm 46:10 reminds us to “Cease striving and know that I am God.”

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