Day 6

Come Close

from the Jesus, Keep Me Near The Cross reading plan


Mark 2:13-17, Matthew 4:1-11

BY Debbie Eaton

Text: Mark 2:13-17, Matthew 4:1-11

Recently, I was on my way to Palm Desert to speak. I struggle with anxiety when driving alone, and I was not looking forward to the drive. The abyss of grey asphalt, cement walls, and red taillights of stop-and-go traffic unsettle me, and I knew once I made it through that traffic the desolate, dry, and brown desert would surround me for miles.

I get nervous to be alone. The stillness tempts me with voices that say I am not a good enough wife, mother, friend, leader.  I am haunted by the “what ifs” and  “should haves” and silence.

I was driving through that desert, sensing the welling of anxious thoughts, when God came close and met me. As He gently shifted my focus off my self-imposed discouragement and onto His promises of acceptance, forgiveness, and love, the desert transformed before my eyes. The brown became a brilliant bronze, the blue sky glistening against the horizon. The cactus and Joshua trees reminded me that life emerges out of barren land, and the wind whipping up dust prompted me to know the Holy Spirit comforts and transforms our thoughts. The desolate desert came alive when God came close.

The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
– Psalm 145:18

Levi’s anxious view of the world changed the day Jesus called him to follow. Sinner, come as you are—broken, weary, shamed, and rejected. I see you, accept you, and will call you my friend. Come dine with me. What a beautiful invitation. I wonder if Levi’s world went from black and white to vibrant color that day.

Jesus extends an invitation to come close at any time and to follow Him, no matter our condition. He calls us to come close minute by minute, every day. He heals, He redeems, He saves, He invites, He accepts – He changes us and our perspective, which draws us into greater understanding that He cares about every detail of our life.

There will be desert days. Even Jesus endured seasons in the wilderness. In those seasons, He fasted and drew close to His heavenly Father. His physical weakness did not succumb to the Tempter’s plan because His Father nourished Him. The enemy has nothing of worth to offer a soul filled with the truth of God’s Word. Amen!

Friend, the Word of God has the same power in your wilderness. Come close and fast with Jesus, cling to Him and His cross when the Tempter tries to steal your true identity. Like Levi who found his true identity in Christ, you are also invited, chosen, known, and loved—just as you are. As you come close to Jesus, the world around you will transform and become more beautiful and radiant because you are changed.

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198 thoughts on "Come Close"

  1. Mrs.Walton says:

    Wonderful! Come as you are broken, weary, sinners I love you and I accept you.

  2. thanks admin for the cool post, its really great one

  3. dimity says:

    thank you for the honesty: “the stillness tempts me with voices that I’m not good enough… I am haunted by what ifs, should haves and silence” this is what I have been feeling for weeks as a new mum but couldn’t articulate it. I love being a mum, but I know god has multiple purposes within me and I feel my life is at a standstill out of my control. I keep thinking of all the things I should have done before my life became absorbed by routine and caring for another, like I’ve wasted time. it’s the silence that attacks me with these thoughts.

  4. Emily Claire says:

    17 On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

    Amen to this truth!

  5. Kayla Wilson says:

    I’m new to this she reads truth app and it’s seems to be the only thing getting me through each minute.. My boyfriend of almost 4 years has chosen a path of drugs and alcohol when he knows it’s wrong and believes in Jesus.. Thank you for these encouraging comments and little things

  6. Julie says:

    Yessss!!! When our day seems c’est arbitrair….he says ‘follow me’ . To walk talk and learn from Jesus is to know God and his deep love for us.

  7. Steph says:

    Perfect love casts out all fear. Everything that was counted against us was placed on Jesus on the cross. He has reconciled us to him! We can know him! Best news ever.

  8. Deborah Biddle says:

    Lord, help me to remember to call on you when I am tempted to stray. Help me to worship You and You alone!

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