Wednesday, April 25, 2007

God's Pursuit of Us

"As crazy as it sounds, it’s as natural for God to pursue us as it is for us not to pursue him. I love the passage in the Great Shepherd’s psalm that says, “Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life” (Psalm@23:6). Here, David recognizes that God’s love will be with him, whether he’s walking the easy street of green pastures or slogging through the valley of darkness. The Hebrew word translated here as “follow” is translated most every other place in the Old Testament as “pursue”. The word is a military term, as in Joshua pursuing his enemies and annihilating them. God’s pursuit of us is relentless, passionate, and purposed. Hey, listen, God is not going to give up on you. Goodness and Mercy-Love, like sheepdogs, are nipping at your heels every time you begin to move away from God’s presence and protection. He has given you free will, so you can choose whether to love him back. But regardless of the choices you have made, God is still pursuing you….It’s in God’s nature to love you, to want you near."

Eric Sandras, PhD
Plastic Jesus: Exposing the Hollowness of Comfortable Christianity
Navpress, 2006
pgs. 41-42

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