Getting Close

Getting Close


"The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth." Psalm 145:18 NLT

Relationships are built. Love too. But love takes a lifetime.

She worked one office over from me. Little did I know she was on the way out of a decade long abusive relationship. When I discovered she would soon be available, I began planning how I would woo her. As it turned out, I didn't have to do much wooing-she took care of it. She baked goodies for me-ones she was trying to sell to raise enough money for her down payment on a necessary surgery. They say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach-and she marched right on in.

Less than two years later, we were married. That was almost eleven years ago, and I love her more today than I did then. She is my best friend, my supporter, and my greatest cheerleader. Where I go, she goes, and where she goes, I follow. We are still working on getting closer and building our love.

According to the psalmist, God is only a whisper away from those who call on Him. We must come by way of confession and repentance initially, but thereafter He wants to be involved in every detail of our lives. And will if we'll ask.

Building a love relationship with God takes a lifetime-just as it is with my wife and any other important person in my life. If I take the relationship for granted, it will turn sour, lose its vibrancy, and eventually grow cold. As I nurture my relationship with my wife, so I must do the same with the connection I have with God.

Talking to God is essential. If I never talked to my wife, things would go south in short order. Pray without ceasing was the apostle Paul's advice. God is with me all the time; I just need to be aware of His presence, ask His advice, and seek His direction.

Occasionally, I'll write my wife a love poem. She loves them, and I always get a big hug and sloppy kiss. God also wrote a love letter He wants me to be intensely familiar with. Time in His Word is vital in building a love relationship with Him. His Word instructs, warns, encourages, and comforts. All things a love letter should accomplish.

God wants to get close to You; He's merely waiting on the invitation.

Martin Wiles Hodges, South Carolina, USA

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