Psalm 34:18–19

“The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.” (ESV)

This verse is often interpreted as a message of hope and comfort for those who are going through difficult times. But just as important is the idea that the Lord is always near to those who believe in Him. God cares deeply for every one of us.

Consider a couple of passages here.

John 3:16–17

““For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” (ESV)

1 Peter 5:6–7

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” (ESV)

The Lord loves you. He loves all of his creation deeply. He wants to be close to his followers, especially when we are in need. These truths are foundational to our faith and express our belief that he is good, compassionate, and offers comfort and support to his children.

James 4:8

“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” (ESV)

When the troubles and strife of this life weighs on you. Turn to the Lord, trust in him, and trust in his love for you. He wants to be close to you, wants to know you personally, and your struggles. More importantly, he wants to be part of it and its solution. When we draw near to him, he promises to draw near to us, and when the Lord is near to us we are sheltered under his almighty hand.

John 10:27–30

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”” (ESV)

J. Arnette