The following verse has been so heavy on my heart recently, and today the Lord gracefully pointed out why He has basically been shoving this verse in my face over the past few weeks. Here is His logic: He never stops pursuing us.
Psalm 139:7-8: I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there.
As a full time graduate student with a full time teaching internship plus little bit of wedding planning on the side (1 more month yay!), I have not faithfully been pursuing the Lord. Is busy-ness an excuse? Of course not! But the good news is that the Lord does not stop pursuing us. My busy-ness and sin cannot escape the Lord’s Spirit. He is omnipresent, meaning that He is always with us. When we are flourishing, He is there. When we are at our lowest, He is there. When we feel bound by the chains of our sin, He is there. And He’s not there because of anything we have done.
Our identity is not found in what we do for Christ, what we do for others, or how others view us, but our identity is found in our belonging to the God who relentlessly pursues us so that we may belong to Him.
It’s so refreshing to know that God’s pursuit of us not based upon our obedience to Him. If that was the case, then we would all be in trouble. As I’m typing this, I am in awe that nothing I do can separate me from the love of Christ. Can you imagine if the Lord blessed us with only as much as we put in? Thankfully, He doesn’t work that way. Because He is a relentless pursuer and because he longs to have a relationship with us, He gives us a mile when we only give Him an inch. Can you imagine the peace, joy, and love we would experience if we pursued Him like He pursues us?
My prayer for us is that we would not let the chaos of everyday life get in the way of our pursuit of God. However, when we go days without praying or spending time in the word, I pray that we would be filled with gratitude that we serve a God who doesn’t stop pursuing us when we stop pursuing Him.
He is always with us. Always.
“Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it
Prone to leave the God I love
Here’s my heart, Lord, take and seal it
Seal it for Thy courts above”