Today’s Reading: Jeremiah 30:1-31:26 (additional reading: Psalm 87:1-7 and Proverbs 25:18-19)
From the very first page through the very last, the Bible seems to demonstrate one relentless passion… that is, the Father’s passion to see those whom He has created walk in intimacy with Him. In Jeremiah 31:3 the Lord speaks to the people of Israel saying, “I have loved you with an everlasting love… and I have drawn you in loving-kindness.” This verse is so beautiful not only because it reveals the depth of the Father’s love toward us but also because it demonstrates God’s passion to draw us into His presence.
For many of us, however, this is difficult to accept that our Christian life is not as much about our seeking an encounter with the Lord but rather, God seeking an encounter. Jeremiah hears God saying “I am going to save you from far away, says the Lord.” I am pursuing you, no matter where you are…”
Now if somebody is chasing you, there are two things you can do. Either you can keep on running, hoping to put distance between yourself and your pursuer. Or you can go into hiding, and hope that he cannot find you.
And there are two basic responses to God’s pursuit. When God comes looking for us, either we can keep on running, hoping to put more and more distance between ourselves and God. Or we can try to hide from Him, we can put on camouflage and hope He won’t notice.
Just know this, whichever method you choose: God is pursuing a love relationship with us that is real and personal. And He is not going to give up. When you see a person who appears to be bent on destroying his life, then you are also seeing a person whom God is pursuing. And God is not going to give up. God is not going to stop caring. God is pursuing a love relationship that is real and personal.