Relentless Pursuit.

Let me paint a picture for you: I am currently sitting in my Adirondack chair on my back screened-in porch. It is raining, but very gently. The temperature is cool and I’m wrapped up in a mexican blanket. I live pretty close to the trains on the west-side of campus so you can here the soft whistle of their brakes as they pull into town. Everything is green, but slowly changing colors as fall prepares to make its entrance.

About three weeks ago I prayed that I would be continually aware of the Lord’s presence and since then I have not gone an hour without thinking of Jesus. It’s been really peaceful. I have seen more of the Lord within creation because of it. But do want to know something cool? After telling a close friend of mine about this prayer and how the Lord has been so faithful to answer it, he looked at me and without hesitation said, “Jesus hasn’t gone an hour without thinking about you!”

At first the sentence threw me off a bit. Initially it was kind of cheesy, but as I went on throughout the rest of the day, I listened to this song recently released by Hillsong United titled “So Will I (100 Billion X)”. If you have not listened to this song yet, check it out:

The lyrics within this are so rich, but check this particular phrase out:

God of salvation
You chased down my heart
Through all of my failure and pride
On a hill You created
The light of the world
Abandoned in darkness to die

God chased down our hearts. He still does. The God who created the earth, who spoke things into existence, cares so much for us that he relentlessly pursues us. So as I thought more about what this guy had said to me, that Jesus has not gone an hour without thinking about you, and I was brought back to creation.

Out of all the things that God has crafted, knitted, painted, formed, created, etc., he values us above it all. He set us apart and chose to make US in his own image. The phrase continues on to say, “Through all of my failure and pride”. The same God who made this earth, who set us apart, loves us so much that he pursues us despite the fact that we have disobeyed him and leaned on our own understanding. He loves us so much that he created “The Light of the World” to bring us back to him.

In my previous post I wrote about how we will never outgrow our need for the gospel. I love this because I’ve come to realize that creation brings us back to our need for the gospel.

In Romans 1:20 it says: “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”

Think about that for a moment. The presence of the Lord is all around us. Just stop whatever you are doing, look out the nearest window, and see all that the Lord has made. The green trees, the blue sky, the vibrant flowers, these are all masterpieces of the Creator. But God delights in us most.

He has not stopped loving you and He never will. Nothing you will do, nothing that will take place can change how much he loves you and pursues you. God’s love is constant and unchanging, perfect and unfailing.

As you look to creation, the stars, the moon, the ocean, the mountains, or just the changing color of the leaves on the trees, know that you are unconditionally loved by a perfect Savior.

 

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