At 08H52 this morning (January 4) South African time, this earth is at the point of Perihelion in its orbit around the sun. This means the earth is at a point nearest to the sun. At Aphelion the exact opposite happens around the 6th of July, when the earth is at its furthest point from the sun. And no, this is not an astronomy lesson...
This is also how humans have their day-to-day experiences with God. Israel could not have been nearer to the God who led them out of Egypt, when He spoke to them from the top of Mount Horeb, but soon after they drifted again into aphelion, and decided to replace their God with a golden calf.
Modern day Israel could not have felt further away from God in the extermination camps like Auschwitz, but God again came into perihelion for them in the Arab/Israeli wars that followed their proclamation of the state of Israel on May 14, 1948, when the words of Ex.14:14 came to pass for them in a different sense: “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
And so all of us experience God. Sometimes, when “the boundary lines fall in pleasant places for us” (Psa.16:6) He feels so close to us, we can almost feel His heartbeat in our souls. At other times, when we are in the midst of sorrow and loss, it feels like God is further than aphelion.
When the “great distress” (Mat.24:21) brings the bitter Cup to the lips of the world right here in 2022 and we sink to the depths of despair, don’t jump overboard, because the Lord has a special promise for us: “...for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves.” (Mal.4:2)