Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Prevenient Grace

How can we find God?

Before a man can seek God, God must first have sought the man.

We are all lost, cut out of the source of love, light and life.

Without the true reason for our being, the reason that made us exist.

We breath, we act, but we do not truly live.

We are hollow and incomplete.

All the time, at every moment, there is something missing, something that we almost remember.

A voice that we almost hear, a sweet taste we almost feel in our mouths.

A memory of a smell like mother’s milk, nourishment beyond everything else.

The touch that made us whole.

The light that made us see.

“As the deer pants for water, so I long for you, O God. I thirst for God, the living God. Where can I find him to come and stand before him?”

Psalm 42:1-2, Living Bible (TLB)

How can we find it when we do not know what it is?

How can we start looking when we don’t even admit that something is missing?

The only reason we pursue God, is because He has first put an urge within us that spurs us to the pursuit.

So it can be said, that before a sinful man can think a right thought of God, there must have been a work of enlightenment done within him.

“The impulse to pursue God originates with God but the outworking of that impulse is our following hard after Him.”

A. W. Tozer – Pursuit of God

And the most wonderful thing, the mystery and miracle of it all is –

All the time we are pursuing God, we are already in His hand.

“Listen to me, all of you in far-off lands: The Lord called me before my birth. From within the womb he called me by my name.”
Isaiah 49:1

We were his before we were even born.

We were with Him before we even started to look.

We were His, before we even started to wonder.

“Never! Can a mother forget her little child and not have love for her own son? Yet even if that should be, I will not forget you.”
Isaiah 49:15

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