- Joe Norton
Drawing Near to God (12/5/2021)
“For the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God” (Hebrews 7:19).
“The Law” in this passage refers to the Old Testament scriptures that governed man’s relationship with God before Jesus came. The Law was not perfect in that it did not offer what mankind needed to give “hope” for a life with God in the afterlife.
Drawing near to God does not mean we picture Him as just another human being with the same kinds of responses to life that we have. As well, we cannot base our relationship with Him on events that happen in our lives whether good or bad nor should we think of Him as a good buddy who will bail us out of all our problems.
Rather, we “draw near to God” by seeking Him on the terms He presents in His word, by depending on Him, and by trusting Him completely. Then we can have that “better hope” that was ushered in with the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, making possible the forgiveness of sin and a relationship with God in the here and now as well as in eternity.