Pursue – I heard this word used in a sermon today. Later, I asked Siri for a definition, and she gave me two: following someone or something in order to catch them, and someone who continues or proceeds along a path or route. The second definition carries special significance for anyone who has run competitively. “Pursue” is the type of word that can fuel a manuscript.
The speaker highlighted some stories found in the Bible of individuals who pursued Jesus in spite of the obstacles they faced. “If I could just meet Jesus, then…”
One example highlighted the relentless pursuit of a woman who had been bleeding for twelve years (Mark 5:24-34). She was an outcast, shunned by everyone. The woman refused to be boxed in by her circumstances or give up hope. She fought through the crowd and touched Jesus’ robe. According to Jesus, it was her faith that healed her.
For the blind man, a refusal to be silenced by the crowd for repeatedly shouting out the name of Jesus, got him noticed (Mark 10:46-52). He didn’t let the crowd ridiculing him prevent him from pursuing Jesus. His relentless pursuit was rewarded by being healed.
The world is full of people pursuing something or someone. Will they be disappointed once they find it? Those who relentlessly pursue Jesus will not be disappointed. What is faith but the relentless pursuit of a man named Jesus.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life…” John 14:6
When I am tempted to yield to doubt during troubled times, I have to remind myself that God is enough. The moment I believe God is not enough, I need to ask myself, what is my “plan B.” God’s got me covered!
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)
I’ve been mulling over the word providence this week. Perhaps it’s because the word has a prominent place in one of the chapters I am writing. The word makes me think of providing evidence. My iPhone defines providence as “the protective care of God or of nature as a spiritual power.” When I put these two ideas together, it raises an interesting question. Is there evidence of God working in my life?
Perhaps you have asked yourself the same question. It has been helpful for me to take a look back over the course of my life to see when and where God may have had a hand in certain situations. This could be evidence of some good coming out of a bad situation.
Did a past disappointment spare me from an even worse situation? Were there any blessings in my past that I brushed aside or blindly took credit for? Whatever the evidence, consider that God was involved. Let it serve as a reminder that God is continually at work in our lives and knows what our future holds.
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31