“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Romans 8:28, NIV

A man, who owned a summer cabin, was having some rodent problems. In order to control the mice, he prepared some crackers laced with poison to use for bait. They were in his car. He got in his car to leave but forgetting his glasses in the house he darted back to retrieve them. While he was in the house, a thief jumped into his idling car and sped off. When the owner realized the theft and remembered that the crackers were left on the front seat, he quickly called the police. Law enforcement issued an all-points bulletin alerting the thief to return the car immediately. They began a desperate search to find the unaware burglar. Television stations donated prime time spots and radio stations filled the airways in attempts to find the driver.

Why do you think they were so desperately trying to locate the thief? Was it in order to punish him? No, it was to save his life.

So it is with the heart of Jesus. He pursues us desperately but not because He hates us. He disciplines us not because He is mean. He pursues us because He wants to save our lives. And regardless of how it looks, God will always work for your good and for my good.

QUESTION: How does the Lord pursue you? Why do you think we resist the Lord?