God knows that we are torn by many voices and infected by a cancerous sin. He knows the devil is busy trying to get us off course. God wants to give us something before it`s too late. He wants to give us a place in His family. And he wants to hold our hand. So God follows us. He pursues us along every roadside; he follows us down every highway. He follows us all the days of our lives. Psalm 23:6
” Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. What a surprising way to describe God. A God who pursues us. Dare we envision a mobile, active God who chases us, tracks us, following us with goodness and mercy all the days of our lives? He is not hard to find. He is there in Scripture, looking for Adam and Eve. God said ” Where are you?
Moses can tell you about it. After forty years in the desert, he looked over his shoulder and saw a bush blazing. God had followed him into the wilderness. Jonah can tell you about it. He was a fugitive on a boat when he looked over his shoulder and saw clouds brewing .God followed him onto the ocean. The disciples were on the boat, a storm came and they looked over their shoulders and saw Jesus walking. God had followed them into the storm. An unnamed Samaritan woman knew the same feeling. Alone in life and alone at the well, she looked over her shoulder and saw a Messiah speaking. God had followed her through her pain.
Lazarus had been dead for three days in a sealed tomb, when a voice awakened him. He lifted his head and looked over his shoulder to see Jesus. God had followed him into death. Peter the Apostle had denied his Lord and gone back to fishing when he heard his name and looked over his shoulder and saw Jesus cooking breakfast. God had followed him in spite of his failure. Sin, wilderness,ocean,storm,pain,exile,death, our God is the God who follows.
Have you sensed him following you? He is the one who came to seek and save the lost.Have you felt his presence through the kindness of a stranger. Maybe we have left home. But God has followed us.I wish not to lose one, I will leave the 99 to go get the one, that means 100%. God gives us this gift and He wants us to accept the gift. He never forcing it on us. Never leaving us. Patiently persistent. Faithfully present.He uses all his power to convince us that he is who he is and he can be trusted to lead us home.