In Hot Pursuit!
As a child growing up, this was a popular phrase used in police chase scenes that usually involved a sports car or muscle car with a “well-intentioned” driver, a bumbling law enforcement officer and a whole lot of cars getting smashed! These scenes may be fun to watch, but are certainly not reality.
But, as I think of this term from a different perspective, what are we really in hot pursuit of?
To prove that our opinion or solution is the right one?! or...
To make all believe the way we believe...or...
The next thing that will make us happy??
I saw a quote that made me laugh today, “I’m not arguing, I’m just trying to tell you all the reasons I’m right!” I feel we are culturally falling into the trap of pursuing our “rightness” for our own gain. This type of pursuit is birthed in the flesh and most always ends in selfish interests being pursued.
We may not always think of actively “pursuing Jesus'' because we know that through the Holy Spirit, He is with us always. But, that is exactly what the term “seeking” is directing us to do! Throughout the Bible, over and over again, the Word of God encourages us to seek Him. Not to just sit back and see how things go, but to earnestly seek Christ.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33
These verses indicate that seeking Jesus--the pursuit of Him--is an active process and one that involves a constant personal choice. What are you in pursuit of at the moment? Being right? Secular checklists? Or are you seeking Jesus with all your heart?
Be in hot pursuit of Jesus!
Even in the crazy times we currently live--today, November 11th, Veterans Day--still resonates deep in our hearts. It’s a day we have the opportunity to honor those that have honored others over themselves. To honor those that choose to serve our country and put it all on the line to ensure the very freedoms and liberties we enjoy today, are protected and preserved.
Throughout the life of our country, men and women have chosen and are still choosing to potentially put themselves in harm's way to protect our way of life. This can never be overlooked or forgotten. They literally guard the gate for our freedom every second of every day. So as we salute them today and thank them for their service, let’s also take a moment to acknowledge and appreciate the blessing we have to live in this country. The country that still, in the middle of our current turmoil, serves as a light to the world.
May all of us continue to focus on the truth of God’s Word and how we can best help our fellow man, not tear them down as the world would have us.
God Bless our Veterans and may God Bless the United States of America!
I heard a radio personality recently pose the question:
Do circumstances determine how you see God? Or does your relationship with God determine how you see your circumstances?
I think it is a very thought-provoking question. The circumstances of our lives--the struggles we face on a daily basis or sometimes even the lack of struggle, can ultimately cloud or confuse our relationship with our Heavenly Father.
The “Why God?” questions or “When God?” questions or “...fill in the blank” God questions can overwhelm us with almost a sense of entitlement for answers or understanding that we want “right now.” On the flip side of that, if everything seems to be going the way we hoped, are we still focusing on our efforts to have an ongoing trust relationship with Jesus Christ?
As we work to strengthen and deepen our relationship with God, the mindset shifts from questioning - to trusting. The circumstances, concerns, and questions we have don’t necessarily leave us, but the trust that our Lord wants the best for us, provides the very comfort and peace we need to overcome our situation.
A couple of verses that always bring this sense of trust to me as it relates to God and my circumstances are:
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9
We will always face challenging circumstances in our lives. Even the simple daily challenges can seem overwhelming at times. But, do we ultimately allow these to skew our perspective on how we view God? Or, do we allow our relationship with Jesus Christ to help us navigate our circumstances with a perspective of hope and trust?
It truly is our choice, so choose wisely!