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Being Near

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. James 4:8

This week I want to reflect on this verse from the Bible. From day to day, the expectations placed on us by ourselves, our peers, our elders, our family and society in general; can at times create an unnecessary pressure to act, live and be a certain way. We can feel forced into conforming to the worlds’ understanding of how we should be and act.

I want you to picture the scene from the book of Genesis in the Bible. The two main characters Adam and Eve, had such an easy life; free of worry, stress and they lived a carefree life until the mistake was made to disobey God’s command to not eat the fruit from the forbidden tree; the tree of knowledge of good and evil. My Aboriginal, Polynesian and Melanesian heritage and my culture has similarities to that of Adam and Eve’s ideal world. My community is one of caring for the land, and being in tune with God the Creator Spirit, not one of self. I have realized that there have been times in my life where I have been more in tune with God. By drawing near to Him I have been less likely to focus on things that are nonproductive or negative, resulting in a time of feeling almost carefree and at true peace.

I believe that during the times I am drawing nearer to God, He is allowing me to partake of His presence and experience. More of his love, joy, peace, kindness, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control is upon me. I’m sure most of us would ultimately like this. My challenge to you for the rest of the week is to draw near to God and think less of yourselves. So how can we draw closer to God? Please check out the video below for some tips and let me know how drawing closer to God has impacted positively on you and your family. Email me anytime.

Stay tuned.

Sammy Leone, Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Coordinator

If you have a spare 7 minutes, check out the three ways to get closer to God: