Near And Far!
“Am I a God near at hand,” says the Lord, “And not a God afar off?” (Jeremiah 23:23).
When you praise and worship God, He comes close to you. At the same time, He may do miracles far away also. Your children may be residing in Europe or the United States of America. It may not be easily possible for you to contact them or speak with them. But God can meet them where they are and do miracles there.
Once, a man of God came and spoke to the king of Israel, and said, “The Lord is God of the hills, but He is not God of the valleys,” therefore I will deliver all this great multitude into your hand, and you shall know that I am the Lord” (I Kings 20:28).
It is true that the Lord is the God of hills. At the same time, He is the God of valleys too. He will raise you up from the deep pit which is the valley where you have fallen down. God would exalt you and lead you wonderfully from the valley of defeat and the valley of hopelessness.
The prodigal son did not wish to stay nearer to his father. For the reason that his father should not be able to know anything about his present status, he shifted to a faraway place. But since his father was a loving person, God pulled the son to a lower level. In the end, the son who had lost everything approached a farmer in a helpless condition and he had been entrusted the job of feeding the swine owned by the farmer. God did not leave him with that. He made the son realise, think of his father’s home and to come back.
Today, you might have gone far away from God, placing your faith on man or the situations. Irrespective of wherever you might have gone, God is powerful to meet you again and bring you back into the divine love.
A prayerful parent’s heart was suddenly troubled. The Spirit of God reminded him of his son residing in a faraway country. God gave him Romans 8:26 as the verse of promise. “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groaning which cannot be uttered” (Romans 8:26).”
Right at the time when the father was praying, the son had met with an accident and was admitted in a hospital in a serious condition. As his father went on praying in tongue, the arm of God stretched there, God gave His wisdom to the doctors and after hours of surgery the was revived. He did not stop praying until his mind received the hope that his son had been saved.
To meditate: “I will fetch my knowledge from afar; I will ascribe righteousness to my maker” (Job 36:3).