God in Pursuit of Man

“Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed on Sheol, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, even there Your hand will lead me, and Your right hand will lay hold of me.” (Psalm 139:7-10)

The greatest distinguishing feature of the Judeo-Christian tradition from all other religious systems is that it is an expression of the Divine reaching down to humanity out of love, in spite of all our weakness and impurity, rather than humanity attempting to reach the Divine by overcoming our weakness and impurity with our own willpower.

The story given in Scripture is the story of Yahweh coming down from heaven and rescuing His people, for no reason based on their own merit. This pursuit climaxes with Jesus Christ, in a bloody, violent death, fully expresses the lengths to which God the Father is willing to go to rescue His people from the power of sin and death.

Always remember that God is never absent; though He may be hidden, there is no where you can go where He is not, and nothing in heaven or hell or on earth that can come between His people and His love for them.

‘I have not called you servants, I have called you friends.’

– Jesus