Who’s Pursuing Who?

“For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him and the power to do what pleases him.”
– Philippians 2:13 NLT

“After each failure, ask forgiveness, pick yourself up, and try again. Very often what God first helps us towards is not the virtue itself but just this power of always trying again. . . We learn, on the one hand, that we cannot trust ourselves even in our best moments, and, on the other, that we need not despair even in our worst, for our failures are forgiven. The only fatal thing is to sit down content with anything less than perfection.”

– C. S. Lewis

Something good is happening right in the middle of the challenge or mess you find yourself in.

The truth is still true. “God is working in you” even if you’ve slipped and fallen. You may not feel it, or know it, but He’s in the midst of it. He’s calling your name? “If you leave God’s paths and go astray, you will hear a Voice behind you say, ‘No, this is the way; walk here’” (Isaiah 30:21 TLB). That desire you have deep in your gut to fight despite yet another battle, that’s the Spirit of God drawing you in. You’re His child and like a loving parent His hands are cupped to his mouth and He’s calling out to you from
the front porch of His heart. “Son, I’m here in the midst of it with you. You will get through this. It’s time to get back in the fight.”

Jesus said, “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him” (John 6:44). If you feel that tug, be thankful. It means you’re His. He knows the agony of your battle, the pain of your fight. Right in the middle of your worst living nightmare, at your lowest moment, God is still at work molding and making you. His
love will never once compromise with sin, but He clings to His wounded warriors with one purpose in mind: to reclaim them—to strengthen them. “Our Lord comes to us in our weakest moment, with sin stains blotched all over our garments” writes David Wilkerson, “and He whispers, ‘My strength is for you in this your hour of weakness. Don’t give up. Don’t panic. Don’t turn away. Don’t shut me out. Is there godly sorrow in you? Do you want victory? Keep moving with Me. Keep moving toward me. My arms are still stretched out, as a mother hen spreading her wings. Come, I’ll protect you from the enemy.’”

Many times we actually begin to think we get out of our messes by pursuing God. There is a time when we seek Him, but the deeper truth here is that anything good that happens occurs only because of Him. “For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him and the power to do what pleases him” (Philippians 2:13 NLT) He’s
pursuing you! He’s in your corner!

God will follow you in your rebellion, pursue you in your pain, and humble you on the mountaintop. He loves you that much. He understands your feelings of brokenness, and He loves to use powerlessness to send you fleeing back into His arms where He is waiting.

Now get up.

Climb back into the ring.

Plant your feet firmly and start swinging again.

Prayer to IGNITE:
Thank you Lord for calling my name; for pursuing me. Fill me with the knowledge of who you are and your will for my life. Work in me the desire to obey you and the power to do what pleases you.

*A devotional from “Ignite Your Faith” by Dr. Tim Clinton and Max Davis