All we know about God is wrapped up in the fact that he is near.
The apostle Paul wrote; “rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:4-7)
The context of Philippians 4:5 is that God is literally near. It’s not about the second coming. God walks through life with you and me.
Imagine! The One who knows all things and is all- powerful, is near you and me! That’s enough to get the party started! Rejoice in the Lord always! God is close! He’s not disconnected from you, but is close!
All that God is; the guide, the deliverer, the teacher, the shelter, the help, and much more is within our reach.
Scripture has much to say about the nearness of God. “The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart”. (Psalm 34:18)
“The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth. Psalm 145:18)
“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.” (Psalms 46:1)
Since God is present everywhere, when we talk about the presence of God we are really talking about the REALIZATION of God’s presence, the perception of His presence, or the consciousness of His presence.
During the 1930s, 250 men were holding the ropes to a an airship from floating away. Suddenly a gust of wind caught one end of the airship high off the ground. Some of the men immediately let go of their ropes and fell safely to the ground. Others panicked, clinging firmly to the end of their ropes greater heights. Several men who couldn’t keep holding on fell and were seriously injured. One man, however, continued to dangle high in the air for forty-five minutes until he was rescued. Reporters later asked him how he was able to hold on to the rope for so long.“I didn’t hold on to the rope,” he replied. “I just tied it around my waist, and the rope held on to me.”
Instead of trying to hold on to God, let God hold on to you. He can be trusted! He is near and is able to handle all that concerns you and I.
In the original Greek text of Philippians 4:5,6 there is no period between, “the Lord is near” and “be anxious for nothing”. * Therefore, the phrase is to be read, “The Lord is near so be anxious for nothing”.
The bottom line is, “Party”! Rejoice! And again I say, “Party”! God is near! He is the burden bearer, the bread of life, the storm chaser, the righteous judge, the thirst quencher and friend that is “closer” than a brother! We appreciate your Comments
*Greek New Testaments will show punctuation but original manuscripts do not include any punctuation.