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Maintaining a distance from the Lord:
Isa 34:1 Come near, you nations, to hear; And heed, you people! Let the earth hear, and all that is in it, The world and all things that come forth from it.
Maintaining a distance is the next barrier that we are going to see in detail. Many do not hear the voice of God because they do not come near to Him. They wanted to hear what He has to say to them but from a distance. If someone speaks from a distance, you may not hear him, to understand what that person is saying. You know that he is saying something, but may not understand what he is trying to tell you. If you want to understand what he is saying, either you or the other person should come close. Likewise, if we stand from far from the Lord and trying to listen to what God says to us, then it is not going to benefit us. We may not understand what He says. Sometimes God come near to us out of His great mercy and longsuffering when we want to run away from Him or when we are in a position that we can not go to Him (The sick man near the pool is an example). We should not wait for God to come to us because the scripture clearly says in James 4:8, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you”. We have to go near to Him first. The manner we approach God, to listen to what He says does come into play in understanding what He has to say to us. Let us go near to God without maintaining a distance, because we can approach God the Father through our Mediator that is our Lord Jesus Christ. This is our inheritance in the Lord Jesus Christ and we can boldly draw near to God’s presence through His Son Jesus Christ. If God willing, let us meditate on how to approach God to listen to Him in the coming days.