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Be Near

Posted by Marshall Harper on

Neither one of my children do well in the car. Lexi has gotten much better, but Landon still hates the car. He will do ok for a few minutes but turns inconsolable after a while. The one thing that will always calm him down is if I reach back and put my arm on him. It doesn't matter if it is in his lap, on his chest, or on his head, the fact that I have my arm on him immediately calms him down.

I was listening to a song this morning by Shane and Shane called, "Be Near", that really got me thinking. The lyrics say, "be near, oh God, be near, oh God of us, your nearness is to us our good." 

When Landon is in the back seat screaming, my arm on him tells him that I am near and that everything will be ok. 

That should be the cry of our heart. We should want God to be near to us. We should be like my son, crying out in desperation. The problem that I see today is that people do not want God to be near because they would have to change the way they live.

If we lived our lives as if Jesus was standing right there next to us at all times, I guarantee that we would not do a lot of the things that we do. 

The amazing thing is that if you are a believer, God in the person of the Holy Spirit is right there inside of you and transforming you every moment of your life. God is near! I challenge you today to make every decision as if Jesus was standing next to you and see how different you would live! 

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31



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