God Always Makes the First Move


“Draw nigh to God and he will draw nigh to you…”(James 4:8)

There are times when we desire to be closer to another, albeit a family member, a friend, or a love interest. Sometimes, we act on this desire only to have our advances rejected. It is good to know, however, that if we desire to be close to God, we can be. He will never reject our desire to be closer to Him because the Bible promises that He will draw close to us when we draw close to Him.

Jesus taught:

No man can come to the Father except He draw them first.”
(John 6:44)

In other words, if we have a desire to draw closer to God, it is because He initiated the process. God always makes the first move. It is God’s will that we draw near to Him.

 Eighteenth Century Bible Commentator John Gill says:

“…The saints draw nigh to God when they present their bodies in his sanctuary; when they tread in his courts, and attend his ordinances; where they always find it good for them to draw nigh unto him; and blessed is the man that approaches to him in faith and fear: they draw nigh to him when they come to the throne of his grace, for grace and mercy to help them; when they draw near to him in prayer with true hearts, and lift them up with their hands to God; when in the exercise of faith and hope they enter within the vail, and come up even to his seat; and lay hold on him as their covenant God and Father.

“And he draws nigh to them by granting them his gracious presence, by communicating his love to them, by applying the blessings of his grace, by helping them in times of need and distress, and by protecting them from their enemies…

“Now this is not to be understood as if men could first draw nigh to God, before he draws nigh to them; for as God first loves, so he first moves…”


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