Ever notice the hardest person to be honest with is…yourself?
I sit down to have a little prayer time, God time, telling myself ‘I’m choosing what’s best’ – all the while thinking about what I need to get done. What I’m really doing is checking off my good girl ‘to-do’ list. “Oh Lord, You have searched me and You know me.” (Psalm 139:1 NIV) And He does, and still delights in me – and you – despite our distracted ways.
It’s not that we’re insincere, that we are completely self-centered. But we are restless.
We may know all the right words, walked with God many years – or few, but our hearts give us away. We are a lifelong process in the hands of our patient Father. “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.” (Psalm 139:24 NIV) Notice this passage, Psalm 139, begins and ends with God searching us, pursuing.
Jesus is the very thing we think we’re missing. The thing we think we’ll never find. The thing that will satisfy our thirst. We all want someone who pursues us, so enamored with us they don’t give up. We put all that hope in earthly relationships. And we miss out. The very One who does pursue us – we run from. The One who is crazy in love with us – we forget. The One who hasn’t given up, who won’t give up, who will ever pursue – we don’t let catch us…completely.
What we don’t understand is our restless heart will be that way until it rests in God.
The same words David used to describe God’s pursuit of him are there for us to claim as well: “He brought me out into a spacious place; He rescued me because He delighted in me.” (Psalm 18:19 NIV) Rescued – past tense, done deal. And, oh yes, delights, not because of anything we do, but because of who He is. And He is: Love.
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