Always Near: Listening for Lessons from God by Bill Bagents
Always Near shares one admittedly odd Christian’s ongoing efforts to hear and honor God in the events of daily life. It offers a series of devotional reflections that process events and observations through the wisdom of Scripture. It invites the reader to join the adventure of listening for subtle spiritual messages that both bless and challenge. It promotes contemplation and spiritual formation. Occasionally, it even finds a bit of humor.
Always Near is a compilation of 120 articles from a decidedly Christian perspective. It treats the Bible with respect. It flows from conviction that God is all-wise and all-loving, and the better we hear Him, the better we’ll live.
There’s joy and challenge in choosing to listen for lessons from God. On one hand, even believers face the danger of failing to listen. We get busy, we get tired, and we go on autopilot. Or, we think we already know it all.
Conversely, we sometimes “over hear.” We over-process and imagine things God has never said. Sometimes we selfishly hear. We let our comforts and preferences mask life-changing messages from God.
Always Near portrays God as the most persistent teacher. He has more ways of gaining our attention than we have of ignoring Him. He is more skilled at reaching out than we are at resisting. He is better at teaching than we are at being dense. Even when we’re seeking Him, God can surprise us with precious lessons that we never saw coming.
Always Near is an invitation to improve how we hear God and to draw ever closer to His heart.