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Grace Pursues

Posted: July 10, 2011 in Grace
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It’s always a thrill to see church growth by conversion.  We had that privilege again last week at Discovery Church.  By his own admission, Adam had been trying to get away from God most of his life – he finally just surrendered.

It reminded me of something I read recently by Francis Thompson. Thompson was homeless and living on the streets of London when his writing talent was discovered.  He later went on to write a poem entitled The Hound of Heaven.

“I fled Him, down the nights and down the days; 
I fled Him, down the arches of the years; 
I fled Him, down the labyrinthine ways
of my own mind; and in the mist of tears…

From those strong Feet that followed, followed after
But with unhurrying chase,
And unperturbed pace,
Deliberate speed, majestic instancy,
They beat – and a Voice beat
more instant that the Feet –
All things  betray thee, who betrayest Me.”

And finally, after a lifetime of fleeing and hiding…

“Halts by me that footfall:
Is my gloom, after all,
Shade of His hand, outstretched caressingly?
‘Ah, fondest, blindest, weakest,
I am He Whom thou seekest!'” 

“Men and women who do the pursuing can only capture empty air,” says author David Jeremiah.  “What sets apart our Christian faith is the story told in reverse – one of a loving Father who pursues us because we are too foolish and too sin-stained to go to Him.”  

Romans 5:6-8  When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.  Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good.  But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

Where were you when grace found you?

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