“Who is he who will devote himself to be close to Me, declares the Lord” (Jeremiah 30:21).
It is not very often that we get to hear God ask a question that reveals so much of His own heart in so few words. Just after telling how He would restore Israel with its leaders, He declares that He will cause them to draw near to Him and then He stops and asks this profound question: Who is he who will devote himself to be close to Me?
It is really quite sad to ponder the thought that our Creator and our Savior, the One who gives us life and everything we have, stops to question who that person is who will devote himself to be close to Him. It seems so unimaginable and yet the plain truth is that no one comes to Christ unless the Father draws him (John 6:44).
But what about the devotion of those who are called? What about your devotion to God? Is He worth your time, your energy, your effort?
If the Governor of your state asked you to come dine at the Governor’s mansion, would you go? What if he said that he desired to get to know you because of the benefit you could bring to your state, would you take advantage of the opportunity? How would you respond to such a prestigious invitation?
What if the President of the United States called you on the phone and asked if you would come to dinner? Would you go? What if he said that he wanted to listen to any requests you had because he was determined to do anything you asked as long as it was good for all involved? And from now on, you could come and talk to him as often as you like because he valued your company. Would you go? How much time would you spend with Him as a result?
What about the God of the Universe? He has invited you to come share your heart and be close to Him and He tells you that He wants to be close to you so that you can know each other’s hearts and be friends. Would you go if He invited you? Well, He has invited you. This is your invitation. So the question is: If you haven’t been going, are you going to go? And maybe more importantly, with such an invitation, how much time will you spend getting to know God?
Often when we come before God, it is easy to get caught up making requests for blessings for our marriage, our families, our homes, our jobs, our finances and our friends. But how much time do we spend inquiring about our Father’s heart, His desires and requests, trying to get to know what would please Him? What does God want? Being close to God is more than just spending time in prayer because you can get what you want. It is learning to love our Father and Jesus for who they are. How honest and pure is your devotion to and communication with them?
If you knew a person who was only around when he was in trouble, how good of a friend would you consider him to be? If he only came around when he needed your help, would you think, “Boy, he’s a good friend?” What if you had a friend who only was around because he knew that he could get all kinds of good gifts from you, but let the gifts stop, and he’ll be on the first train out of Dodge? Is that the kind of relationship you want with others? Of course not and neither does God.
God invites you to be close to Him. He wants you to devote your heart to be close to Him, to know Him and to be intimately acquainted with Him. The question is: Will you be one who devotes his heart to be close to God?
- Written by David Liesenfelt Copyright © 2004