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Did You Know That God Pursues YOU?

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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  1. soccersk8r14

    Posted by soccersk8r14 on December 11, 2013 at 12:04

    Loved this article so much! I have been feeling like this lately except afraid of what God might say that He is mad at me because I keep feeling like I’m messing up. But I know the truth, that He loves me and will forgive me.

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by phil1v21 on November 22, 2013 at 11:10

    Hindsight is 20/20. And when I look back at the times I’ve turned from God, I see how much God kept a hold of me because He has the most perfect plan for me. I might disagree at the time but after looking back, I can always say that God has richly blessed me. I’ve grown in my love for Him because He said “no” or simply did not give what I had asked for..because He gave me so much more. God’s faithfulness, how He never turns away from me or forsakes me even when I do in sin shows me just how much He loves me and chases after me. Because He is love, and because He first loved me…I see how truly great He is and love Him in return. Our God is a great great GREAT God and it’s because of who He is that I realize how much I need Him.

  3. BekahBlue32

    Posted by BekahBlue32 on November 21, 2013 at 18:22

    I think, other than like you said about getting angry at Him and or my/ family/ situation, I would have to say when I’m the most overwhelmed and most frustrated and mainly confused about everything….kinda like the chicken running in a circle without a head feeling- if that makes more sense. I think that’s when I realize He’s wanting me to come to Him.

  4. Exlon

    Posted by Exlon on November 20, 2013 at 20:18

    What if I feel like He doesn’t talk back to me? That He dowsn’t hold me when I want it or need it? That comfort can’t be obtained?

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by Diamor on November 18, 2013 at 18:37

    I love this it makes me feel loved and wanted!!!!!

  6. ljn9999

    Posted by ljn9999 on November 18, 2013 at 15:34

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS!! 🙂 Thanks so much for posting!

  7. Deeblves3

    Posted by Deeblves3 on November 17, 2013 at 19:43

    I would also say the same when I see God pursuing me in my most roughest moments. He would always find a way to speak to me and remind me He isn’t mad or upset. I’m thankful that His love is always constant even when it gets hard.

  8. Project Inspired

    Posted by cece20079 on November 17, 2013 at 17:28

    Omg!!!!! I relate to this article so much!! I deal with God the same way and he , calls me to himself to come talk to him also when im in a grumpy mood and don’t want to say something mean to him. But I do find when I do tell him Everything, I feel a release and a comfort, and healing power. 🙂 Thanks for posting..it was Precious to me and I feel God led me to this article. How sweet. <3

  9. lovescats

    Posted by lovescats on November 17, 2013 at 16:22

    I love this articile

  10. cococookies

    Posted by cococookies on November 17, 2013 at 15:45

    Jenn, this is so true! Sometimes I may be mad at God or just having a bad day and I hear him whispering for me to just tell him about everything. He has always been there for me, especially when no one else was and I am glad that you wrote this article to remind me of how great our God is!

  11. gracedgirl

    Posted by gracedgirl on November 17, 2013 at 15:08

    This is such a great article! 🙂 How amazing it is to think God started to pursue me even before I was born and that he gave everything thing up just to have my heart. Thanks for this reminder, Jenn!

  12. Project Inspired

    Posted by Precioustime22 on November 17, 2013 at 10:19

    i love this article!!! its so comforting. 🙂