If you’re a follower of Jesus—if by faith you have turned from your sin and received His forgiveness—I have news for you. God is after you. He’s still pursuing you. Wanting more of you. Hungry to make sure you’re experiencing every blessing that His Son died and rose again to give you, for His glory. It doesn’t matter how defeated or discouraged you are today; He’s still after you. All that matters is that you are His. “My sheep hear my voice,” Jesus said, “and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27). Is that you? Following Him? Not perfectly, of course, but following? Sometimes stumbling, but still getting up? And following? And trying again? And wanting to follow Him even better, even more? Then God Himself is also following you. He’s on your trail. He’s after you. Promising you that your best days are still ahead of you, no matter where you’ve been or what you’ve done. Your greatest days of usefulness and service to God are still in the future, because “goodness” (defined as bounty and blessing) and “mercy” (lovingkindness and favor) will be on your heels and hunting you down every second of the time. What a forgiving and loving God we serve!!
Questions for further thought:
1. In what ways have you been convinced that God’s “goodness and mercy” are not coming for you anymore?
2. How different would your life be, even today, if you wholeheartedly embraced this truth that God is pursuing you?
Challenge: Pray this prayer or a variation of it….Lord God, I believe Your Word, even when I doubt myself. I believe what You have done to claim me as Your own, even when I too often resist You and choose my own way. Thank You for loving me enough to want me experiencing the full blessing of relationship with You. And thank You for relentlessly pursuing me until I’m actively living in it. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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