The Christian life can feel a lot like a rollercoaster with all its ups and downs. There are seasons of intense closeness to the presence of Almighty God, and other seasons when God feels so distant.
I know in my own life, when God feels far off, it's normally because I've pulled away from Him and not the other way around. Sometimes it's because my prayer life is lacking. Other times I've been so focused on reading apologetic or theological books that I've neglected God's Word. Whatever the reason, God is still there waiting for us to seek a meaningful relationship with Him.
James, the brother of Jesus, says "Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you."  Here are four practical things that every Christian can do to "draw near to God."
- Give God the first hour of each day in prayer, study, and meditation
- Give God the first day of every week
- Give God the first tenth of everything you earn
- Give God the benefit of the doubt
If you can make these four things a habit, then your relationship with God will grow as He draws near to you.
 James 4:8a