23 Am I not a God at hand," says the Lord, "and not a God far away?
10 When you listen to and heed the voice of the LORD your God to keep his commandments and his statutes, which are written in this book of the law, and when you turn to the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. [Where is this voice of the LORD your God to be heard? Where is God to be turned to with all our heart and soul? In verse 14 below he answers: the word, (who is God, John 1:1), is very near to you, in your mouth and in your heart so that you may obey it.]
11 This command that I command you this day is not hidden from you, nor is it far off. [His command in the previous verse was to listen to and heed the voice of the Lord your God and turn to the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and He then tells us His voice and He is near, in our hearts and mouths, there to be obeyed.]
12 It is not in heaven, that you should say, 'Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it to us, that we may hear it, and do it?'
13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, 'Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it to us, that we may hear it, and do it?'
14 But the word is very near to you, in your mouth, and in your heart, so that you may obey it.2 [God is the word: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God; John 1:1; God is near you, in your heart and mouth to be obeyed. Turn inward to hear, learn, become pure, become holy, to know God, to see God, to be with Him.]
26 He has made from one blood all nations of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined the allotted times and the boundaries of their habitation;
27 So that they should seek the Lord, and perhaps might feel after him and find him, though he is not far from every one of us. [Paul has just told us the single purpose of this life: to reach out and find God. From the Word of the Lord within: "The earth exists for the saints;" the earth exists to produce saints, who are sons of God with his Spirit in control of their thoughts, words, and deeds, thus to bring pleasure, honor, and glory to God. God is not found in sect meetings; God is not found in the Bible, which only testifies of Him. George Fox wrote: "The Father is in you all, Christ is in you, and the Kingdom of Heaven is in you; there, in your hearts, is where you will find them all. Know him there searching your hearts, and find him there trying your minds and hearts; incline your ears, and give ear to him there, who will render to everyone of you according to your words and works whether they are good or evil."]
28 For in him we live and move, and have our being;1 as certain of your own poets have said, 'For we are his offspring.'
151 You are near, O LORD; and all your commandments are truth.
18 The LORD is near to all those who call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.
6 Seek the LORD while he may be found, call upon him while he is near.
8 He is near who justifies me; who will contend with me? Let us stand together. Who is my adversary? Let him come near to me.
|James 4:8 |
8 Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts,2 you double minded. [James tells those in the churches who are still sinning to purify their hearts by drawing near to God; which occurs by persistently and patiently waiting on Him, listening and obeying what you hear the Lord command you.]