“Therefore, you will see the land only from a distance; you will not enter the land I am giving to the people of Israel.” (Deuteronomy. 32:52)
“All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance.” (Hebrews 11:3)
Distance creates a certain perspective. Many of our problems seem overwhelming, but in time they may be overcome. We may even forget that we once had them! Other problems we have will never be solved in this life. We can dream about them, and hope for them, but never attain them. Moses spent a large part of his life reaching towards the promise of land, home, and safety, but never quite made it. The pilgrims of Hebrews 11 had a vision of something wonderful, but the promise of that perspective was never fulfilled. “All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised.”Is that the same for us?No! In the person of Jesus, God came near to us. The word “Emmanuel” (which was given in a prophecy for the coming Messiah) meant “God with us.”
And the last words Jesus spoke on earth were “I am with you always…” The Bible clearly teaches that God can be close to us.
How close does God seem to you today?“
Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith.” (Hebrews 10:22)
Let us draw near to the One who has drawn near to us!