Take One Step Toward God and He Takes Two Steps Toward You

A common saying in my church and in many Christian circles is the following:

“Take One Step Toward God and He Takes Two Steps Toward You”

Many a Christian believes this is a quote from the Bible, but is it? I know that the Bible verse James 4:8 says “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (NKJV) So while the concept is Biblical, the actual quote is not. Furthermore, there is an anoymous Indian proverb that states:

“When we take one step toward God, he takes seven steps toward us.”

And here is another version:

 “When a man takes one step toward God, God takes more steps toward that man than there are sands in the worlds of time.”

So, while the actual quote is not Biblical, I think we could agree that if we draw near to God (take one step), He will draw near (take two, or three or seven steps) to us. But let’s take it one step further (pun intended ;-). How is it that we can draw near to God? The only way we can draw near to God is if we yield to the calling of the Holy Spirit, and that invitation can only be initiated by God through His son Jesus Christ. We see this through the words of Christ himself:

“And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” NKJV

So, the first step is that we listen for the call of God, and don’t be mistaken, that “call” goes out to all the world. The next step is to yeild to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and in that you take your first step toward God. He then will take as many steps as is necessary to claim you as his own.

Do you agree? Disagree? Leave a comment and let me know.


Take One Step Toward God and He Takes Two Steps Toward You — 18 Comments

  1. This was exactly what I was looking for to find out if that saying was an actual bible verse. Thanks!

  2. This is actually a quote based on an Islamic hadith Qudsi, which states… “O My servant! If you take one step toward Me, I take ten toward you.” Much older than the mentioned Indian proverb and the other quote.

  3. c’est exactement ce que je cherchais a savoir,
    RemainBlessed in the Name Of Jesus…

  4. Merci beaucoup ! Le bon Seigneur continue à vous bénir avec un bon coeur. 🙂

  5. Thanks for this…it was concise and informative. And you used a Bible verse, bless you.

  6. Thanks for your comment Aaron, I’m glad you were blessed in reading our blog.

  7. This is not a proverb. But this is also a quotation from Holly Quran. ” when you take one step to me I take two steps toward you. When you start walking to my path I start running toward you.” Thanks..

  8. I believe that in taking a step to God we must wash away sin in our life. Believe in the Holy Spirit have faith and be baptize, claiming Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Then God will steps towards us letting us know that we are his children. The closer we are to God the closer he is to us.

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  10. Actually, it’s a hadith that says:

    In Bukhari and Muslim it is narrated from Abu Huraira that the Prophet (s) said, “God has declared: As my servant thinks about Me so will I be for him. I am with him if he will remember Me. If he calls on Me in himself I will call him in Myself, and if he calls on Me in a group of people, I mention him in a better group (His angels) in My presence. If he approaches Me one handspan, I will approach him one arm’s length; if he approaches Me one arm’s length, I will approach him by a cubit…

    and if he steps towards Me, I will come to him running.””

    I think if God ran toward us (metaphorically speaking) he’d get there faster than if he took 7 steps.

    I’m pretty sure that this comment will be deleted by the admin but at the small chance that the dude has enough integrity to keep it up, there’s your answer, Cheers 🙂

  11. yesyouaresorightitdontmatterwhereyouve beenrepent to god injesus name and and all is forgiveing beboagain to take your sins away. and you.ll fill the peace and joy on you from are god amen

  12. That is why it is so important to do as the bible tells us, to study the word, rightly dividing the word of God. There are so many quotes out there and we take for granted if it is preached, it is the word of God and that is far from the truth. Stay in the word.

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  14. I wasn’t quite sure what I was looking for but I’m glad I came across your post. It was helpful and inspiring since I’m struggling with a few things in my personal and spiritual life. It’s funny how the Holy Spirit speaks to us when we least expect it but when we need to hear it most.

  15. I think if we study for ourselves we will know what is scripture and what is not. There are thing that comes from the pulpit, but is not in the bible. THANKS!

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