My son Titus has a new hobby, collecting baseball cards. Over the last few months a day has not gone by when he has not talked about his new favorite hobby. He is living, eating, and breathing baseball. Statistics, rookie cards, hall of fame induction dates…If this keeps up, in a few years, Titus will be a walking baseball encyclopedia. Something happened and I’m not sure what it was, but ever since the day he received his first cards, the boy won’t stop asking for more. It doesn’t matter where we are: Vacation, Target, heck we could be in the car in the middle of the desert and Titus sooner or later would ask me, “When are we going to get more cards?” At first it annoyed me, but now, it just reminds me that my son is intensely pursuing a vision. To know everything possible he can about baseball and to acquire as many cards as possible. He is PURSUING me relentlessly for MORE CARDS! I mean really, it is quite amazing.
If there is one thing I need to hear and sense on a daily basis, it is that God Is Pursuing Me. He is always trying to communicate with me, always trying to help me see things from His perspective and always willing to listen to where my heart is. He is constantly asking me to take more risk, change something and come alongside Him in what He is doing. As a matter of fact, my biggest fear is that I would lose touch on how to listen to God.
His faithfulness to us is NOT dependent on our faithfulness to Him.
When you feel helpless and even like God has given up on you, try this…
- Wait on the Lord – STOP! Wait! You have to calm down and realize that your timeline is not God’s timeline and it won’t be. Stop freaking out! The closer you get to God the more you learn to be faithful in the little things and will wait for him to do the work in the big things. Learn the discipline of sacrificing short term instant gratification for long term gain. There is something to be said for waiting a VERY long time for something. Don’t fall into the trap of saying, “God hasn’t moved YET, so it must not be His will.” maybe God is saying “NOT YET” GOD IS PURSUING YOU!
- Hope in the Lord – I have seen so many young pastors, leaders give up on ministry, their families and their calling. They live with this idea that they have to be in control and after a while they lose hope! Things are probably not going to go your way 100% of the time! But don’t lose hope. This scripture once got me through a time of despair and doubt: Isaiah 40:29-31
- Seek the Lord – Don’t stop asking! Be persistent and beg God for His plan for your life to come to it’s full fruition. This means you will probably have to listen like you have never listened before. Cut out the distraction, think like you haven’t thought before and lean on His understanding. Go ALL-IN with GOD! Jeremiah 29:13 “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.”
This Sunday 217church is all about a God who is faithful and PURSUES US! (Lamentations 3:21-23) Even when we absolutely ruin our lives and deviate drastically from his plan for our lives, HE STILL PURSUES US! This is crazy, I would have given up on me by now, but God hasn’t and He won’t. He won’t give up on me, His church and His plan for humanity. If we pursued God like Titus is pursuing baseball, wow! We would be closer to His heart for us!
Today, live in the reality GOD IS PURSUING US…