When You Draw Near

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From the book of Genesis chapter 37, we are all familiar with the story of Joseph, a beloved son of Jacob who was sent forth by his father to seek out the welfare of his brothers who were tending to their flock. Joseph willingly accepted the call and went out to Sechem, and wandered to about to search for his brothers. 

As he was searching for his brothers, he came upon a stranger (thought by the sages that this was not an ordinary man but an angel sent to encourage Joseph), who asked him saying, “what do you seek”?

Genesis 37: 15-17 And a man found him wandering in the fields. And the man asked him, “What are you seeking?” 16 “I am seeking my brothers,” he said. “Tell me, please, where they are pasturing the flock.” 17 And the man said, “They have gone away, for I heard them say, ‘Let us go to Dothan.’” So Joseph went after his brothers and found them at Dothan.

Interestingly, there is a spiritual message that we can learn from here. The certain man who questioned Joseph “What will you seek?”, in Hebrew text (lemor), he was actually encouraging Joseph to say to himself, What do I seek? What am I looking for?

And now this very question comes to you.

As a matter of fact, we all have questions in our heart pertaining to the journey we are in while living on this world. In the book of Matthew says, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” We must learn to draw close to Him by quieting our soul, by waiting upon Him, reflecting in His presence and to hear the words and revelation from our Heavenly Father. For He is your creator, who formed and created you with a special calling on this world. He desires in an intimate fellowship with you and He understands the language of your heart.

Psalms 145: 18 The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth.

Draw near to Him today and with the sincerity of your heart, and He will draw near to you. Back to the story, Joseph was sent forth by His father Jacob from the depth of Hebron. The word Hebron, comes from the root word meaning ‘union’ or ‘fellowship’. This is a place of close fellowship between a father (Jacob) and son (Joseph). An image of our original state of spiritual life, to be always intimates with God our Heavenly Father. Only by living in Him, will you be able to thrive and to grow daily in your walk on this earth. Facing the life challenges and overcoming the mountains along your path.

In fact, the very first question that God has ever addresses to man was, “Where are you?” Back in the garden, from among all creation and right there, you were specially made for a unique relationship. Will you draw near to Him today?

…Here I am LORD, speak to your son and daughter…

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