Have you ever had the feeling that someone was following you? That you were being watched? Or that strange coincidences in your life are actually being orchestrated by a higher power? If so, you are not alone.
The 19th century English poet, Francis Thompson, wrote a long poem titled “The Hound of Heaven.” Listen to these lines from the first verse.
I fled Him, down the nights and down the days;
I fled Him, down the arches of the years;
I fled Him, down the la-by-rin-thine ways
Of my own mind; and in the mist of tears
I hid from Him, and under running laughter,
Up vistaed (VISTUHD) hopes I sped;
And shot, precipitated,
Down titanic glooms of chasmed fears,
From those strong Feet that followed after
But with unhurrying chase,
And unperturbed pace,
Deliberate speed, majestic instancy,
They beat—and a Voice beat
More instant than the Feet—
‘All things betray thee, thou who betrayest Me.’
This poem talks about the author’s feeble attempts to run away from God, and God’s unrelenting pursuit of him. Even though he did everything in his power to escape the reach of God, like a vigilante hunting down an outlaw, God still pursued him. God chased after him, and perhaps, today, God is chasing after you.
A more modern example of God pursuing us can be found in the testimony of Kirsten Powers, a political analyst, blogger, columnist, and commentator. As a liberal Democrat herself, she was immersed in a world where everyone she knew was a secular liberal or even an atheist. When she decided to attend church with a friend, she told him that there was no chance she would ever become a Christian. But, she said, “it was like God sort of invaded my life. It was very unwelcome. When I became a Christian, I just gave in. I wasn’t courageous, I didn’t have any choice. I kept trying to not believe but I just couldn’t avoid [accepting Christ]. If I could have avoided it, I would have…. I live in a world where nobody is a believer. But God pursued me.” A few weeks ago, we featured Kirsten’s story on our Gospel Light Minute broadcast, and since then her testimony of God pursuing her has gone viral — with thousands of people listening online and sharing it on Facebook and Twitter.
The reason why God chases after us is because even though we think we know our way through this life, without God, we are really lost, wandering souls burdened down by sin and the consequences of sin. God pursues us in order to deliver us from those burdens and rescue us from the destination to which our road will lead.
The Bible says, “the Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which is lost.” The “Son of Man” is Jesus Christ, the Son of God who was born of a virgin, whom God sent to save us from ourselves, our sin, and the punishment of sin. The Bible likens Jesus Christ to a good shepherd who cares for his sheep. When even one sheep wanders away from the flock, the Good Shepherd goes after it with all “deliberate speed”, and he doesn’t stop until he brings the wandering lamb back to the flock safe and sound. That is what God does when he pursues you.
He has gone to great lengths to draw you to himself because he loves you. That is why he sent Jesus Christ to earth to take the punishment that we deserve, and die on the cross for our sins. The Bible says in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Now, the ball is in your court. Will you respond to God’s love? Or will you keep running? If you keep on running, God will pursue you. Jesus Christ will always be standing at the door of your heart until the day you die. He will be knocking patiently, waiting for you to receive him into your life.
For you, the chase can end today. You can stop running from God. You can receive the free gift of salvation that Jesus died on the cross to make available to you.
Walking the road of life alone is a grave mistake. Your sins will cause you to end up in hell after you die. The Bible says in Ezekiel 18:20, “The soul that sins, it shall die.” The Bible also says in Revelation 21:8, “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
But, if we accept the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made on the cross, we do not have to fear eternal punishment in Hell. Jesus Christ died on the cross, taking our punishment for sin. He was buried, and he rose from the dead demonstrating his power over death and hell. First John 1:7 says, “the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” If Jesus’ blood cleanses us from sin, then we will not be punished for eternity.
Would you like to stop running and receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? If so, you must believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God. The only way we can be allowed into Heaven is if we place our faith and trust in him and accept the grace and mercy that he offers to us. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
Are you willing to accept God’s mercy and grace and his forgiveness of your sins? Are you willing to give your life to Jesus Christ, trusting him to deliver you from continuing down a sinful road that will lead to eternal destruction? Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you accept Jesus Christ into your heart, you will begin a relationship with God that will last for eternity. You will be able to stop traveling your own path, and get on the straight and narrow road that will lead you to greater intimacy with God, and eventually to Heaven itself. If you want to begin this relationship right now, you can pray a short prayer right now to let God know that you have decided to trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour so that you can spend eternity with him. Please repeat after me and mean it from your heart.
Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today and forever. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
Believe by faith. Share the faith. And keep the faith! God Bless You!