Draw Near to God-Embracing times of Adversity 

James writes that when we draw near to God he will draw near to us. Why is it that when we do it feels as though He is not near? Especially in times of adversity. Have you ever wondered why this is? Maybe you are like me and find that you are questioning God in these moments instead of being still and waiting to hear what He has to say. 
 
I think one answer to this question maybe answered by the Apostle Paul, someone who faced some pretty sever adversity. Paul writes, ”  For we know in part and we prophesy in part,  but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears” (1 Corinthians 13:9).  What I believe Paul teaches us here is a very important truth, which is we never will fully know how God will react or move on our behalf especially when we face adversity. We only know in part, mainly because we remember how He has responded in times past. Other times His response seems to be a mystery. 
 
But what is so beautiful about the mystery of God is how He uses those times in our lives to draw us closer to Him if we choose to seek Him with all of our heart. Jesus in Mathew 7:7 says “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you."

So the next time you face adversity embrace the mystery of God and take comfort that He is near.
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