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Pastor Tim Swigarts Blog

Missio Dei is a Contemporary Baptist Church located in historic Galena IL. Senior Pastor Tim Swigart shares his thoughts on numerous topics concerning the church.

God Will Draw Near

Timothy Swigart

I have a little statue in my office. It's a statue of a man on his knees praying to God. It has a Bible verse etched on the base. The verse is Jeremiah 29:13, which says, "You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart." In this verse God makes an incredible statement. In essence, He's saying that He will be found by those who seek to know Him. He is not hiding from His people. Instead, He places Himself in a place where He can be found.

James writes a similar statement many years later in the book that bears his name. James 4:8a says, "Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you..." Again, this is incredible! The all-powerful Creator of the Universe will draw near to those who seek to draw near to Him! God will not leave us hanging! He will come to us as we seek Him and draw near to Him.

This truth taught by Scripture is so comforting for those of us who have received Jesus Christ by faith. We are never alone; God is always near. When God feels far away, we need only to draw near to Him. He never turns a cold shoulder. Instead He opens His arms to embrace us as a loving father embraces his child.

Are you actively seeking to know God? The Bible says you will find Him when you seek Him with all your heart. Our church was birthed with the notion that we're all on a spiritual journey. This journey is a long and often difficult road. That's why we choose to journey together. Our mission states that we exist to help people take their next step towards Christ together. We exist to draw nearer and nearer to God together. We draw near to God collectively knowing without a doubt that God will draw near to us. He is a great God! Knowing Him is the greatest joy in life. If you'd like to draw near to Him with us, let us know through the "contact us" tab on this site. We'd love to journey with you.