The truth of the matter is God is never far off. Instead, we are far from him. God is constant, consistent & ever-present, unlike us. God is not the problem. We are. All of us, with no exceptions, are imperfect. Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” We are the weak link in the relationship. We are the ones who are inconsistent, changing, unsettled, distant, broken, sinful, unmerciful, ungrateful, and the list goes on and on. On the other hand, God is righteous, perfect, strong, without blemish or spot, all-knowing, merciful, & unchanging (Deuteronomy 32:4, Psalms 145:17, Hebrews 10:23, Malachi 3:6). God is everything that we are not. He is strong when we are weary. He is able when we are unable. (Isaiah 40:28)
So are we worthy of a relationship with God, and do we have worth to him with all our imperfections? Let’s examine these two questions by focusing on two words, worthy vs. worth. There is a difference.
Are we worthy of a relationship with God? No, but keep reading. The simple fact of the matter is we are not worthy of God’s love, mercy, and grace. Paul discusses this in Romans 5:8 when he says, “God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Paul is telling the Christians in Rome, they were sinners, and Christ died for them even though they were not worthy. We too are not worthy of Christ dying for us. However, God does not base his love for us on whether or not we are worthy. God’s love is not based on if we are deserving. God’s love and mercy toward us come from his grace and his righteousness, not ours. In other words, God’s love transcends us being worthy.
Do we have worth to God? Yes! Absolutely! WE HAVE TREMENDOUS WORTH TO GOD. In John 3:16, John tells us exactly how much we are worth to God. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” God loves us so much that he gave his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Likewise, Christ loves us so much that he laid down his life for us.
Although we are unworthy, we are not without worth to God, and he makes that very clear in scripture. God loves us. And even when others don’t see worth in us, God does. We have worth to him. We are precious to him, and God desires to have a relationship with us.
Therefore, when we feel that God is far off, remember, he isn’t far off we are. God doesn’t move away from us; we moved away from him. Thus, we are the one who must take action. We have to grab the wheel. We have to turn our van around and drive toward him.
God is so wonderful; he even gives us the roadmap in scripture. He tells us exactly what road to take and how to draw near to him.
Verses about driving toward God.
James 4:8, “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double-minded.”
Isaiah 55:6-7, “Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.”
Psalms 145:17, “The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.”
Psalms 145:18, “The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.”
Psalms 100:1-5, “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.”
Jeremiah 23:23-24, “Am I a God at hand, saith the Lord, and not a God afar off? Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord.”
Psalms 73:28, “But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works.”