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It’s a warm rainy morning. The promise of spring is in the air, and as we come to the end of our time together in Jonah, I am anticipating the changes that knowing God brings to our lives. When we make the decision to follow Jesus, we commit to transformation --to change. We enter a journey—for life—a glorious adventure with Him. God gives us a chance to know Him, and in doing so, we know ourselves. He equips us for good work. He is fantastically creative. He is endlessly patient. And He is relentless in His pursuit of you.
In some ways, I am thrilled that we are completing our journey through Jonah. But in so many other ways, I’m sad to see it end. The Divine Pursuit started as a four-week series I taught to my church women’s group in the spring of 2009. “Wouldn’t it be fun,” I thought, “to give everyone a little homework?” So I wrote a page or two of homework for each day of the series.
A few months later, Jonah was still knocking around in my brain. My fascination with the truths of God found in this story wouldn’t quit. So one morning in the shower, I thought “wouldn’t it be fun to write this up as a little Bible study.” I didn’t know what this would become. I didn’t know if anyone would read it. And I don’t know about God starting any verses in the Bible with “wouldn’t it be fun,” but He was clearly up to something with me.
I started writing this study, and by week one, day three, I realized how incredibly hard and wonderful doing this study would be. Many early mornings I spent, barely awake, chugging coffee and hunching over my laptop, watching the sun come up through my dining room window. And as is often the case for obedience, I just showed up, and God did the rest.
I hope that you have found as many treasures in God’s word as I have. I hope that you have recognized new truth about yourself and about the great and wonderful and crazy- love God that we serve. More so than when I started, I know God is pursuing you. He’s pursuing all of us, wooing us into His kingdom with His love. The Divine Pursuit is about the creator of the universe pursuing you. And He’s not done there. He’s also on a mission of reconciliation with this entire broken world, and He wants you for the job. That’s our Divine Pursuit. That’s our job for life.
He is on a mission for you. He wants to be on a mission with you. He’s the hero of every story and the lover of your soul. I wish you could hit play on this piece of paper and hear this song by the David Crowder Band:
He is jealous for me
Loves like a hurricane I am a tree
Bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy
When a ...
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