God's Relentless Pursuit of You

July 3, 2018

 

Did you know that there is nothing that can get in the way of God’s pursuit of you? Nothing you have done in the past, no bad decisions you have made, no amount of drama you have created for yourself in life because God is relentless in His pursuit of you. He is determined to know you and love you without interruption.

Take a moment and read Psalm 139 before going any further.

 

I think that Psalm139 is an incredible example of just how relentlessly God pursues us.

139:7 – I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! I don’t know about you but when I read this I imagine that David has tried to get away from God and found that he couldn’t. There have been times in my life that I literally tried to get away from God because the temptation to do things that were pleasing to the flesh were far greater than my desire to live how God wanted me to. Meaning that I was involved in things that I knew were wrong before I ever did them. This verse in Psalm 139 tells me that even in those moments, my God was there with me. We cannot go anywhere that God is not nor can we do anything that God can’t see. NOT because God is a weird spy, but because we are His children, and God knows what His children are doing, even if they try to hide it.

 

139:13 – You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion. How precious are your thoughts about me!

 

I remember the first time I saw my kids. I remember getting emotional when my wife got to the delivery room because I couldn’t believe it was finally happening. I held my son for the first time and couldn’t take my eyes off of him. I looked at his head and I looked at his nose and his eyes and wondered if he would look like me when he grew up. I listened to him breath and ran my fingers over his hands and touched his feet. I was infatuated with him. I couldn’t take my eyes off of him and I couldn’t put him down. Then my daughter came along. My heart lept out of my chest when I found out we were having a girl because I wanted a daddy’s girl. When she was born I did the same thing. I just “ooed and awed” over her. Her skin was a dark olive color and her eyes were brown and she was the most precious thing I had ever seen. I studied her, and I learned her sounds and her mannerisms. And btw, I got my daddy’s girl. I still drop everything when she wants a hug because her hugs just melt away every circumstance.

 

That’s the way I think God sees us. He is so interested in us and I think if we could stop and think about the connection that is available to us with God through His Son Jesus Christ we could see Him propped up on His hands just gazing at us with complete unconditional love. God not only RELENTLESSLY pursues us, but he is RELENTLESS in His love for us. You know, long before we ever go looking for God, God is looking for us. God is a seeker of sorts.

 

In His Word, God made it clear for all eternity that He is not a stoic God who waits impatiently at a far distance, arms crossed tapping His feet until we draw near to Him. He is the One reaching out for us, He is the One going on a quest for the human heart. He didn't just create us and now we live on earth trying to make the best of it. He created us to be loved and to be pursued by Himself. I think He studies us and because of that He knows us intimately. He comes after us and seeks us out.

 

For thus says the Lord God: Behold, I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out. (Ez 34:11)

God came looking for Adam and Eve in the garden of Gethsemane in Genesis 3 and actually asks, “Where are you?” That means that he was looking for them.

 

Luke 19:10 says that, “The Son of Man has come to seek and save the Lost.”

Luke 15 tells us that He will leave the ninety-nine sheep to go looking for the one who has gone astray.

The story of the prodigal son gives us a picture of God looking for us even when we are a long distance away…looking for us coming. And when we are in reach he runs off of the front porch to meet us with a loving embrace.

 

I think there are people who view God as unapproachable. Have you ever been around someone who was unapproachable? It’s not a pleasant experience, is it? You feel a little on edge, a bit uncomfortable, and you think like whatever you have to say is completely unimportant because your scared to death of how this unapproachable person will react to you. There are some people in this world that I view as unapproachable. I view Bobby Knight as unapproachable. I don’t know that he is, but I would rather just steer clear of Bobby Knight. No need to get a chair thrown at me or get yelled at.

 

I feel that Brock Lesnar may not be interested in me at all, and therefore, I say with complete confidence that he is probably unapproachable. People who make you feel insignificant just by being around them and listening to how they talk about other people can sometimes make someone unapproachable. I actually told my daughter before she went to college, “Baby, daddy needs you to be unapproachable when it comes to the boys.” You guys know what I mean by this right? How many of you know that unapproachable people won’t be able to help you out with anything, because you will never come to them. Whether they are actually unapproachable or not doesn’t matter the least bit, as long as you think they are, you will never come to them. It’s completely possible that some people, even Christians, may feel for whatever reason, that God is unapproachable. There is nothing further from the truth. God IS approachable.

 

So much in fact that He initiated or took the first step towards you. He relentlessly pursued you at the very beginning of your existence as Psalm 139 has told us. He saw YOU, and He said I can’t even fathom the thought of my child not being with me for eternity so He sent His one and only Son Jesus Christ to live here on this earth and to suffer terrible and unspeakable acts at the hands of people just like you and me. People that He loved also. It wasn’t the nails that the Roman guards hammered into His hands that held Jesus on the cross. It was the love He had for you and me. It’s a relentless love. He is relentlessly pursuing a relationship with you.

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