Chasing after God…



Have you ever been in a place wherein you feel desperate for God? It is not that you believe God is far away. But, life\’s situations have piled so high; there seems no where to turn for solutions or resolutions.

Material gains are not sufficient, and you are tired of talking about the challenges you face. You feel that you need God, desperately. 

In the Psalms, the sons of Korah feel this way, too. They write,

As the deer pants for streams of water,

so my soul pants for you, my God.

My soul thirsts for God, for the living God

(Psalms 42:1–2a).

Though God is not far away, to speak of chasing after God is figurative language that speaks to a deep desire for God. Growing up, we used to sing a Gospel song that depicts the soul\’s yearning for the Lord.

Running, running, running,

I can\’t tarry;

Running, running, running,

I can\’t tarry;

Running, running, running,

I can\’t tarry;

Running up the King\’s highway.

Jesus is the King who cares for each of us and responds to our hearts\’ earnest cries. Chasing after God means that our hearts, or as the Psalmists put it — our souls, are in earnest divine pursuit. 

Chasing after God is a posture that admits, 

We need Thee; Oh, how we need thee; 

Every hour we need Thee.

David writes, 

From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I (Psalms 61:2).

Let\’s chase after God with all of our hearts. Jesus says,

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28).

The Lord takes joy when we pursue Him. If we seek Him with all of our hearts and souls, we will discover hope to endure until our change comes. 

Dr. Antipas L. Harris
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