The LORD is close to all who call on Him, yes, to all who call on Him in truth.Psalm 145:18 (NLT)
There’s a new, modern contraption which is taking the world by storm. Perhaps you’ve heard of it. It’s called the telephone! Cool, right? OK, so I’m being a bit cheeky, but hear me out.
In our country today, nearly every person (certainly every adult person) has a cell phone. These devices can lookup billions of bytes of data in a millisecond, provide entertainment, allow us to pay bills, reserve a table at our favorite restaurant, and order millions of products which will be brought to our home. And, that’s just scratching the surface.
But, our phones today are very different from the phones of just a couple of decades ago. For example, my girlfriend (now my wife) and I lived 500 miles apart during our senior year of college. I was in Northern California, she was in Southern California. We had two ways of communicating with each other while we were apart: write and mail letters, or make a phone call on a telephone which was attached by a cord to the wall. Oh, and it also cost about 10 cents per minute to talk with each other. Since we were poor college students, we only talked once per week for about an hour. But, let me tell you, those phone calls were absolutely necessary to maintain our relationship. We shared our ups and downs with each other. We said I love you. We made plans for when we would be able to see each other. It allowed us to feel connected.
Even though our earthly relationships pale in comparison to the importance of our heavenly relationship with Jesus, they have something very similar. When communication stops, or is infrequent, the relationship suffers. As our verse today says, “The LORD is close to all who call on Him.” Now, God is always around. He’s omnipresent. So this isn’t talking about proximity. It’s talking about relationship. Our relationship is strong with God when we call on him; when we spend time communicating with him, sharing our life with him.
Today, if you feel far from God, give Him a call in prayer. Spend time talking with Him. Spend time sharing your life with Him. And, then, make it a regular practice. Your relationship will blossom as a result.