Draw Near to God -- Trusting God in Hard Times

In Hard Times, Christians Must Pray and Mediate on the Word of God to Draw Near to Him

In Luke 12:16-21, Jesus taught a parable about a wealthy man whose yield one season was so plentiful that he decided to demolish his existing barns and build larger barns for all of his harvest. He assumed that he had plenty to last him many years, and it was time to take it easy, time to “eat, drink, and be merry.” But God said to him, “Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?”

Similarly, James writes in 4:13-15, “Come now, you who say, 'Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit' whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, 'If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.'”

There is an idiom used when a person dies, that the person is “going to meet his Maker.” In light of the above verses, if ever there was a time to get closer to the Creator, now is the time. It's not a time to be self-serving, or wasteful, thoughtlessly squandering money or time. Although the secular world says that time is money, in reality, time is life! Trusting God in hard times can become second-nature when time is spent in daily reading of His Word, being prayerfully in His presence. James also writes in 4:8, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”

Because God Almighty is always everywhere present, one might understandably ask why any action is required on their part. It's true that God is omnipresent, but not all people, even Christians, are mindful of God's presence. God wants His people to deliberately draw near to Him, to get closer to Him, to seek Him, and this is done primarily by getting into the Word of God. Many Christians don't even take Bibles to church! Now is the time when Christians need to read their Bibles and learn to think and believe correctly.

Moses warned God's people thousands of years ago not to become too complacent and then forget God, or they would lose everything, including their homes and lands, and become enslaved by other godless peoples. “But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul. When you are in distress, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, when you turn to the Lord your God and obey His voice (for the Lord your God is a merciful God), He will not forsake you nor destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which He swore to them.” (Deuteronomy 4:29-31)

In King David's latter years, he cautioned his son. “As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever.” (1 Chronicles 28:8, 9)

These words speak loudly even today. God's Word is alive and powerful, as Hebrews 4:12 states. “It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” (NLT) Solomon, who spoke more than 3,000 proverbs, wrote, “He who earnestly seeks good finds favor, but trouble will come to him who seeks evil.” (Proverbs 11:27)

Solomon's wise words were also prophetic, and his descendents are confirmation. It is written of Solomon's son, Rehoboam, that “he did evil, because he did not prepare his heart to seek the Lord.” (2 Chronicles 12:14) To Solomon's great-grandson, Asa, it was said, “The Lord is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.” (2 Chronicles 15:2)

Drawing near to God and seeking Him by spending regular time in prayer and Bible study is more important than ever. The world and its kingdoms and systems are being shaken in these turbulent times, but God is faithful to His Word and will protect and provide for His people.

Psalm 34:10 says, “The young lions lack and suffer hunger; but those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.” Psalm 9:10 states, “And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.”

Written by: Pete Miller