There’s No Safe Distance from God
I can hardly believe it’s the end of January already. Yikes! We put the Christmas tree away a few weeks ago, but I still miss it. This year when I first put the tree up and was basking in the glow all day long, I told Mr. Dimples, I didn’t remember how much I missed it being there. That got me to thinking about how that lighted tree in my living room was much like keeping God close at all times so I never get far enough away from Him for long enough to get used to his absence. There’s no safe distance from God!
Think about it; have you ever walked away from God or known someone who has, and initially, there’s such a big void that it’s almost visible? Maybe it’s guilt or sadness. Or perhaps a light has gone out inside. THE Light of the World. But then as time goes by, the voids get filled in with other things, and living without God feels completely normal.
Excuse my unstaged Christmas tree photo but…
I chose the unstaged Christmas tree photo above first because it was the only one I took of the tree from this angle. The kids had already arrived on Christmas eve and the guitar stand had been pulled out to be used as a pretend microphone stand by the youngest Little, that’s his thing. And the Home Goods bag contains a game we were gonna be playing in a little while.
But when I studied it a bit more it furthered the God and Christmas tree analogy in my mind. Think about it; there’s imperfection all around The Light but there’s also fullness and warmth being part of the family of God.
It’s a Slow Fade
Taking my Christmas tree down is the same way. Initially, it looks empty and weird. But then I get used to it again, and it’s like it was never there. Then Christmas rolls back around to remind me just what was missing.
For most of us, it’s a slow fade from God. We don’t make one big proclamation like boxing up a Christmas tree. But by the time we’ve slid the dimmer switch of God’s Light all the way off in our lives, we don’t even notice it. Before we know it, we’ve fallen away casually and gradually.
There’s No Safe Distance from God
Consider Peter’s and his denial of Jesus. He was previously adamant that he would never deny his beloved Master. I read a devotional recently that highlighted the scripture in Matthew (26:58) that mentioning that Peter follows at a distance during Jesus’s arrest and trial.
Just that quick, Peter had begun to leave some space between himself and Jesus. He may not have even realized he was trying to keep a safe distance in an instinctive effort for self-preservation. Because Peter let his eyes take in all the things going on around him and fear for himself, he let his guard down, giving too much space between him and Jesus, and he failed his friend.
If you’re like me, you never want to get used to living without the Light. We have to be willing to do whatever it takes to allow no gap between you and God. None of us, no matter how Godly, are above the temptations of the enemy.
There is no safe distance from God, where we can keep Him on the fringe for the tough times.
Be One of “Those” People
The good news is that we can lock the switch to “on” and never let the light go out.
How to Keep God Close
Guard your mind with the Word. Fill your heart with songs of worship. Gather with a like-minded God-loving tribe. Keep your thoughts pure by turning your eyes off of the things that would blind us to God. Close your ears to vile things and things that diminish God.
If you’re struggling you might find There’s Value in a Tribe an encouraging read.
Fill your house, and by “house” I obviously mean your life, so full of the Light of Godliness, you’ll notice if there’s dimming. Think of God as that Christmas tree and be one of those people who leave it up all year long.
I’m praying that we’ll keep God at the forefront of our minds and in our hearts always.
Blessings to you all week long.
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.