Some of you have been following along and wondering just what His Story is all about. Well, I'm glad you asked. Today, I'm giving you a special sneak-peek into this devotional on the character of God. Enjoy!
Have you ever watched a romantic comedy where the male lead continues to pursue the woman, even though she consistently rebuffs his advances? To me, those male characters are irritating and annoying. Throughout the course of the movie I find myself wondering why he keeps bugging her. That tenacious, wherewithal attitude is completely foreign to me. Yet, that's how God pursues his people.
I am skilled in the art of running away. If avoiding problems were an Olympic sport, I could medal in the event every time. For years I tried to run away from God, but he wouldn't let me. Even today, when I think things are "going wrong" I try to cut my loses and get the heck out of Dodge, but am unable to. His pursuit of me is relentless.
The entire Bible is the story of God's relentless pursuit of his people. From Genesis to Revelation, God hasn't stopped lovingly going after those he created.
Read John 17:20-26
John 17 records the prayer Jesus prayed for the disciples and for us. I love this prayer because it shows his passion of the world. His entire life, every breath, every word, every action, was designed to point to the immense, all-consuming, never-ending love of God.
In the book of Hebrews Jesus is described as our Great High Priest who is constantly making intercession on our behalf. God's relentless pursuit of you and me hasn't stopped, he is still passionately pursuing his people, drawing them nearer to Him even today.
God is relentlessly pursuing you! Meditate on that for a moment. How would your life changed if you fully lived out this truth? What would a person who has fully accepted God's relentless love look like? How might they look different from the rest of the world? Let's be a people who accept and live out this truth.
Lord, thank you that you love and relentlessly pursue us. Thank you for not giving up on us when we fail or try to run and hide from you. Remind us of this truth as we go about our day today and help us to appropriately respond to your love. Give us the courage and strength to love others as you have loved us. Amen!
To go deeper: Read John 17:1-26, Hebrews 4:14-16, Hebrews 7:23-25
Learn more about the character of God in His Story.