I read a quote this morning that has had me thinking since then. It is by A.W. Tozer-
“Christian theology teaches the doctrine of prevenient grace, which, briefly stated, means that before a man (or woman) can seek God, God must first have sought the man….We pursue God because, and only because, He has first put an urge within us that spurs us to the pursuit.”
Now I am not sure how that strikes you but it made me realize that even the very desire in me for God has come from God. Basically I am pursuing Him because He has already been pursuing me.
As I have thought on this, I have been wondering if I could prove this biblically. The answer is, “Yes”.
“We love because He first loved us”. (1 John 4:19 HCSB)
Any love I have, for God or for other people, originates in me because He first loved me.
I struggle with the fear of rejection. There I said it. I am getting better with that but at times, it still raises its ugly head in my life. I question, “Will I be rejected yet again?” or “Will I be left alone?”. With God, I never have to worry about that. He is in constant, ongoing pursuit of me; pulling me into relationship with Him; desiring my time, my company, my heart. And He will remain in pursuit of me till the day He calls me home.
“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6).
See, He started the pursuit & will continue the pursuit until He & I are face to face. He finishes what He starts. He does not abandon a relationship. He leaves no project unfinished.
With a promise like that, how can I not love Him back?