God is not distant from anyone. This is a simple fact. Hopefully you have read and meditated on the Bible verses in yesterday’s post. If you have not, go back and read it through. Today we will look at a few more verses that will bring comfort and hope to those believing the lie that is ‘God is far from us’.
I have grown up with the belief that if I am good, God will be near me, and when I sin, God will be far away from me. It comes from a false understanding of Habakkuk 1:13 that God is too holy to be near sin, (Your eyes are too pure to approve evil, And You cannot look on wickedness with favor.) The idea that God cannot stand ‘sin’ and is repelled by it, has fed a lie that I am separated from God. This has completely messed up my trust in God especially in the area of coming to him in times of trouble.
While believing this lie, I lived out a religious expression of what that lie looked like. It is called PBA – ‘Performance Based Acceptance’. If I was going to ‘be close to God, it was up to me. Likewise, if I screwed up, it was all on me and there was no hope at all that he would hear me when I call, until I ‘get cleaned up first’. Guilt and Shame just kept building up.
As I came to discover my identity in Christ, it led me down a path Continue reading