What does it mean to pursue something or someone? Is it just chasing that person or thing around until you finally catch it or get bored, like chasing a butterfly?
Webster’s Dictionary defines “pursue” as:
To follow in order to overtake, capture, kill or defeat.
To find or employ measures to obtain or accomplish.
Interesting, but I don’t think that God’s intent is to kill or defeat us. In my opinion, some words have odd definitions now. Regardless of odd definitions, one thing that’s clear is that a pursuit always has a goal in mind.
When we pursue a career, we learn everything we can about that career and work hard to accomplish the goal of our pursuit. When we pursue relationships, we spend time learning about another person and work hard to nurture that relationship.
Our pursuits don’t always feel like hard work, and the reason is that we only pursue that which we deeply desire. The same is true for God.
God deeply desires us and, unlike us at times, God doesn’t give up His pursuit of that which He desires. God doesn’t just sit by, quietly waiting for us to turn to Him. God is in constant, active pursuit of us.
God is obsessed with you; He can’t keep His mind off of you.
If someone said that to you about a boy, you’d be blushing and giggling by now. Does the same thing happen when someone says that to you about God?
God’s pursuit of you began before you were born.
My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth. —Psalm 139:15
God created a purpose just for you.
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. —Romans 8:28
God gave up everything just to be with you.
I’m not going to add a verse here because there would be too many. God gave up His Son. God gave up heaven and took on a frail human body for you. God gave up the life of the body just so you could be with Him. Then God sent His Spirit so that you’d never, ever have to be alone, and God will rip open the sky just to come back for you one day.
To be honest, girls, I usually notice God pursuing me the most when I’m angry with Him (or at least when I’ve decided to make Him the focus of my anger). When I’m angry, I often try to distance myself from God.
The problem is that when I most want to distance myself from God, God refuses to distance Himself from me. The Holy Spirit constantly whispers, “Come talk to me,” and I pout, saying that if I do, I’m afraid of what I might say. God, on the other hand, is never afraid of what I’ll say, and we’ll have that conversation many times until I finally break down and tell Him everything.
That’s one small way God pursues me, and I’m grateful for it.
For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With His love, He will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs. —Zephaniah 3:17
Girls, what are some ways that you’ve noticed God pursuing you?
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