Everywhere we go nowadays, we see reminders to stay six feet from other people. Arrows on floors, signs on walls, markers on chairs, and plastic dividers in public places tell us that social distancing is a thing.
I thought this “distancing” concept was new to 2020. Imagine my surprise when I discovered it in Psalm 138:6—“Though the LORD is great, he cares for the humble, but he keeps his distance from the proud.”
The humble heart acknowledges its need for God. It understands its limitations, foibles, and imperfections, and it’s totally okay with asking for His help. But the proud heart—not so much.
A proud heart thinks it can manage without God’s help because it believes its way of doing things is best.
God favors the humble heart. He draws near to those who draw near to Him. (James 4:6-8) He establishes a sweet friendship with those who honor Him. (Psalm 25:14) But He responds differently to the heart that says, “No thanks, I can do it myself.” That’s when He practices distancing.
God will not force Himself into our space. He wants to be in our spiritual bubble, but He won’t shove His way inside. “I’m here for you,” He says. “Will you let Me in?” Then He lets us choose whether or not we want to welcome Him.
Social distancing has been hard on most people because God created us to flourish within community. Lack of human connection creates a longing for the day we’re once again free to shake hands, share hugs, and enjoy unhindered get-togethers.
Spiritual distancing can be even more difficult because God created us to flourish in relationship with Him. Apart from Him, we can do nothing. And nothing can fill the void we experience when we’re separated from Him.
Is there an area in your life where you’ve said to God, “No thanks, I can do it myself”? If so, turn it around and invite His engagement: “God, I admit my need for You.”
Social distancing ends when the powers-that-be declare it over. Spiritual distancing ends the moment we declare it over through our actions and heart attitude. All we have to do is humble ourselves, admit our need for God, and we can enjoy closeness with Him.
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