James 4:8: "Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded".
What is the key to living? The above verse gives us the answer. I find that many people desire for me to pray for them when they are going through life difficulties, and often the most desperate man will cry out to God when life begins to pinch him a bit. Perhaps in these hard financial times you are one who has tipped your hat towards God with the hopes that maybe he would lend you a break. We want him there to bail us out, to spread his safety net beneath us when we fall down.
But in order for God to come near to us, we must come near to him. This makes good sense. After all, it wasn't God who moved away from man. All throughout history we have the record of God and his relentless pursuit of man since he first turned away from God in the garden.
When Adam and Eve hid themselves in the garden, because they disobeyed God's commands, they were sought out and found by God, who fixed their dilemmas by clothing them and promising a coming Savior who would redeem them from their sins. When the nation of Israel continually turned from God, God would send a prophet to call them back into worship with Him. In fact, we are told that God has come to you and I in these final days through his Son Jesus Christ (Heb. 1:2).
God has been pursuing man since he was first created, but man has spent that entire time running away from God. We must stop running and turn back towards him. Then, and only then will we be able to draw back to God. It was man who moved away, when will we move back?