I don't have any trouble believing in God but He seems very far away -- like a distant relative I've never met. People talk about getting close to God, but what do they mean by this, and is it really possible?
Yes, it is possible — and the reason is because God doesn’t want to be like a distant relative to us! He loves us and wants us to know Him and sense His presence with us every day. How can we know God’s presence in our lives? First, by realizing that He is everywhere — even if we don’t realize it. The Psalmist declared, “Where can I go from your Spirit?… If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there” (Psalm 139:7-8). God hasn’t gone off and hidden Himself in some dark corner of the Universe; He is all around us. But the key to knowing God’s presence is to invite Jesus Christ to come into our lives.
Yes, God is all around us — but we are still separated from Him by our sins. But Jesus Christ came to forgive us and cleanse us of our sins — and He did this by taking upon Himself the judgment we deserve. Now we can be reconciled to God, because of what Jesus Christ did for us. Don’t let God be a “distant relative” any longer. Instead, by a simple prayer of faith tell Him that you know you have sinned, and you want Christ to come into your life. Jesus’ promise is for you: “Here I am! I stand at the door (of your heart) and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in” (Revelation 3:20).