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Posted by Brandon Patton on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 @ 9:12 AM

"What man of you having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, will not leave the ninety nine and go after the one that is lost until he finds it?"

Luke 15:4

Perhaps the greatest mystery in the universe is why a perfect, almighty, all powerful Creator is so captured by common, ordinary, sinful humans. As David asked in Psalm 8 "what is man that you can't take your mind off of him"? Our limited finite understanding will never be able to grasp this great wonder on this side of heaven. However, although we can never fully understand it or explain it, we can believe it and rejoice in it. Only when we have a Holy Spirit revelation of the passionate love that God has for the most terrible sinner will we be able to believe in His relentless pursuit of the people He loves so much. The Bible reveals a great mystery in Romans when it states that "there is none who seeks after God, no not one". Not one person has ever had any interest in God or finding Him unless God first caused it to happen in them. If you have any desire to know about Him or to find Him that is Him pursuing you. He has been pursuing you for your whole life. As a matter of Biblical fact He was pursuing you even before you were born. "You fashioned my days when there were yet none of them". Have you ever wanted a better life? That was Him pursuing you. "I will write my laws in their heart." Have you ever hit a wall and been frustrated by failures in life? He was chasing you. "He gave them their requests but sent leanness to their souls." You may ask "if He is so powerful why doesn't He just make everybody love Him in return"? Great question. Do you want to be loved by a spouse that has no choice in the matter? Forced romance? Because He is looking for a bride for all of eternity instead of a slave, He honors free will greatly. He will always respect your will to choose to love Him or reject Him. He never forces a relationship. You can choose to reject Him, run from Him or hide from Him but you can never stop Him from being more in love with you than you can ever imagine. And you will never stop Him from pursuing you. When Luke 15:4 says "go after the one that is lost until He finds it", what do you think the word "until" means?

Thank you Father for never, ever giving up on me.  

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