One of the recent Facebook updates that I have come to appreciate is a pop-up indicating “Reestablishing Lost Connection.” This appears when my phone service switches from cellular to wifi and vice versa. While I believe the app’s creators are seeking to appease user impatience, the true value in the message is found in the divine reminder it offers: God is passionate about “reestablishing lost connection.”
In the Scriptures, we celebrate a God who initiates in relationships. More simply put, “grace pursues.” Grace pursued as the Omnipresent One interrupted an obedient Abraham (Genesis 22), reassured a doubting Thomas (John 20), and blinded a fanatical Saul (Acts 9). Grace pursued as the Omniscient One called Samuel by name (I Samuel 3), warned Joseph in a dream (Matthew 2), and beckoned Paul in a vision (Acts 16). Grace pursued as the Omnipotent One commissioned Jeremiah (Jeremiah 1), appointed Moses (Exodus 3), and exhorted Ezekiel (Ezekiel 3). And… grace pursues you. Today, right now, right at this moment.
So how is it with your soul? When we’ve relinquished intimacy with God, grace pursues (Luke 19:10). When we stubbornly “cling to worthless idols” forfeiting the grace that could be ours (Jonah 2:8 NIV), grace pursues. Even when we’ve chosen to selfishly “thrust God behind our back” (I Kings 14:9 NRSV), grace still pursues.
Where ever you are in your faith journey, know that, “The LORD wants to show his mercy to you. He wants to rise and comfort you” (Isaiah 30:18 NCV). The VOICE translation states it even more intently saying, “The Eternal One yearns to give you grace and boundless compassion…” Another version reads, “The Lord longs to be gracious to you” (NIV).
Like the Father embraced the prodigal (Luke 15), would you allow God’s relentless grace embrace you today? Reestablish lost connection today. “Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders” (Deuteronomy 33:12).
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