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making the connection | October 8, 2017

October 5, 2017

There is a famous old English poem called The Hound of Heaven by Francis Thompson. The poem emphasizes the relentless pursuit of a sinner by a gracious, loving God. Have you ever thought of God’s love as chasing after you ­– persistent like a hound in His pursuit of relationship with you?

The Bible is clear on the love of the Father, our Creator, and how He desires relationship with us, His creations. (Check out the following examples: Psalm 136:26; Ephesians 2:4-5; John 3:16; and Romans 5:8) God pursues us, not because of anything we have done or because we deserve it, but because He has an unfathomable love for us.

There was once perfect fellowship between humans and God. When sin entered, shame and guilt also entered. Because of the fall, that relationship was broken making our natural response to run and hide from God.

Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” (Genesis 3:8-9)

What Adam and Eve did not realize in their disobedience is that the pursuit of God was to draw them out rather than shame them out. God knew where they were, but He provided an opportunity for them to respond by answering His call. He desired for them to freely come back to their relationship with Him. Scripture is filled with examples of God’s tender pursuit. The parables in Luke 15 of the Prodigal Son, the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin are great illustrations of this truth.

No matter what we do, no matter how far we run, and no matter how sinful we are, God pursues us with an everlasting, perfect love. He will never give up and He is waiting for us to respond to Him. – Bonnie Swanson

  • What are some ways you have noticed God pursuing you?
  • Have you ever tried to run from God?
  • How do you respond to God when He asks, “Where are you?
  • Read 2 Peter 3:9. Praise and thank God for His gracious pursuit in your life and the world around you.
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