What is so amazing about the relationship between God and man is that He continues to pursue us individually, yet, not in an overpowering way. He wants us to choose Him. Even after Adam and Eve chose to sin, Christ walked into the garden seeking to talk to them. However, man hid and continues to hide even today.
I wish all of us could read John 3:16&17 as if we were reading these verses for the very first time. I am going to ask you to stop for five minutes and meditate on these verses. “16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” Now, go back and personalize these verses. “For God so loved your name that he gave his one only son, that if your name believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn your name, but to save your name through him.” God took the ultimate initiative and sent His only son for you. Notice that God does not “condemn” you. He accepts and “saves” you.
How about Romans 5:8? “8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Even though we have turned our backs on God and continue to go our way stubborn way, “Christ died for us.” He pursues you and me no matter how desperate we are, how disappointed in ourselves and/or others, how dark our current situation is, how defeated you feel, or the depth of your discouragement, God will meet you where you are.
Look at the grace and mercy jumping off the pages in the following verses: Matthew 11 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Jesus in particularly pursues the “weary and burdened and gives rest for our souls.”
He pursues us. Let’s stop hiding.