God is relentless in his pursuit of us.
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Those of us who grew up in Oregon find it funny that the ocean we know is named the Pacific Ocean. The waters of the Pacific are anything but passive and calm as the word suggests. During a good winter storm the waves are relentless.
Those who sail her waters are equally relentless. Can the same be said of us in our pursuit of God? Are we relentless?
“The LORD looks down from heaven on the children of man,
to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God.
They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt;
there is none who does good, not even one.”
Psalm 14:23 English Standard Version
In other words, there isn’t a person on earth who is relentless for God at the level God demands. There are plenty of spiritual people on the face of this planet, yet no one is perfectly passionate about being in the presence of God.
This pure passion and pursuit of God is seen the bloody sweat of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. He wouldn’t let the reality of the cross keep him from doing the will of his Father. What we cannot do, he has done for us. Jesus was relentless in doing the will of God which he accomplished in his bloody sacrifice.
Not only is Jesus relentless in his pursuit of doing the Father’s will, he is relentless in his pursuit of you. It was because of you and for you that Jesus was hoisted on the cross. It was because of you and for you that Jesus died and conquered death. In his passion for you, you are forgiven for your lack of passion.
Empowered by forgiveness and the gift of God’s Spirit we’re set free to be relentless in our relationship with God.
Copyright Douglas P Brauner