Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you—James 4:8
My four-year-old grandson Sebastian was told by his parents not to play with his big plastic beach ball inside the house. That’s because he almost toppled the picture frame in the living room. Did Sebastian listen to his parents? Apparently not, for he was bouncing his ball indoors the very next day. When he threw it up in the air, the beach ball landed on the big screen TV almost toppling it over. Of course, his parents heard the commotion and came running to see what had happened. When they arrived at the scene of the crime, the little boy was nowhere to be found. In fear, Sebastian ran upstairs and hid under his bed.
When we know that we did something wrong, we don’t naturally hang around to face the music. What do we do? Like Sebastian, we turn tail and run. Adam and Eve didn’t hang around to face the consequences of their sin. When they heard God draw near to them while walking in the garden, they felt the awful sting of their sin. It was too difficult to bear. Fear had taken its toll in their lives causing them to run and hide among the trees.
When we sin, drawing close to God is the furthest thing from our minds. So it’s always up to God to make the first move towards us. If not, we would be lost in our sins. If you have drawn near to God to make things right in your relationship with him, it was because he drew you to himself. Jesus said, “Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and anyone who comes to me I will never drive away.”