The Jewish people were consistently taught that they were to remain separated from God. When Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt to Mt. Sinai, they were told to keep their distance from the mountain. The design of the Tabernacle and the Temple also vividly illustrated this separation from God. God was in the Holy of Holies and a large curtain separated God from His people.
The writer of Hebrews reminds us that this curtain of separation was literally torn down with the death of Jesus Christ and we now have the awesome privilege of drawing near to God.
Yet in spite of the fact that these believers are indwelled by the Holy Spirit, the writer has to remind them to draw near to God.
We can be a Spirit-filled believer and still not be near to the Lord.
Drawing near to God is our responsibility. God has done His part in removing all the barriers and placing the Holy Spirit within us. The rest is up to us.
We draw near to God just as we draw near to another person…spending time with them. It is helpful to develop and maintain the habit of spending consistent time with the Lord at the beginning of each day. But as we finish that time, we must be careful not to leave Him behind as we enter our day. He is with us wherever we go!
We draw near to God by remembering His presence with us as we see patients. We draw near to God by asking Him to guide our hands as we perform various medical procedures through the day. We draw near to God as we seek His wisdom and guidance when we encounter difficult cases. We draw near to God when we silently pray before every patient encounter, and appropriately pray with our patients after seeing them.
When we draw near to God, He is able to manifest Himself more through us so that instead of our patients having a physician who happens to be a Christian, they have a physician who manifests the aroma of Christ.
Prayer: Lord, remind me of Your presence so that I will draw near to You.