"Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded." --James 4:8
This is what we need more than anything right now--to feel and know the presence of our Lord close to us, walking with and sustaining us through the days of evil.
But this doesn't happen when there is a gulf between us because of our delusion; because we do not have a realistic appraisal of the situation--just how dire and desperate it is.
Truly looking at the depths of our depravity and natural tendency to sin against God and seeing the horror of it at last begins to clear the air of the delusion. We start to come out of the trance, awaken and become alive. Before that we are dead in our trespasses and sins. Deaf, mute, blind--dead, dead, worthless and dead. "The words of the godly are like sterling silver; the heart of the wicked is of little value" --Prov. 10:20
Only when we begin to realize and appreciate just how serious sin is and how naturally beholden to it we are . . . and how completely, absolutely helpless we are in and of ourselves to extricate from the sinking morass of wickedness--only then do we finally start to witness just how wonderful and glorious and merciful and sacrificial it is that the Son of God took on our full burden and put Himself in our place to suffer the wrath that was our just due.
If sin--our own sin--is not that big of a deal then the suffering and death of Jesus is deplorably marginalized. If it is as many now like to say--that God is not much concerned with sin and that He will overlook for the most part all this rebellion against Him . . . and that all souls will eventually triumph through half-hearted efforts here and there aimed in a generally vague "Godward" direction--then the life and ministry, death burial and resurrection of Christ Jesus . . . is practically just a sideline footnote; not that necessary or amazing after all. . . .
With one having such a mindset--the Spirit is far away. Such a mindset is so full of arrogance, ignorance, delusion and unreality . . . that it would not recognize God if He drew so near as to be on one's shoulder.
But when we earnestly, courageously look for and want the truth--which means recognizing for real just how wretched our fallen condition is . . . and how terrifyingly serious God is about punishing sin . . . and just how constantly erring and sinful we actually are . . . THEN we are in the process of drawing near to God. And then He responds and draws near to us.
Yes, there is the shattering realization of how serious the situation is with our sin. But along with this is the instant comfort the Spirit brings as He is pleased with our finally facing and wanting the truth. Now the door is opened . . . and healing and teaching and guidance and ongoing comradery with the Holy Spirit, God, can commence. The process of sanctification, rather than being some vague hoped for notion . . . becomes a real, everyday experience. . . . Now hope is springing forth . . . along with peace, rest, joy and holy anticipation . . . for great, infinite treasures alluded to, yet to be revealed.
God bless you and thank you again for you prayers, advice and consideration. . . .