23 Pt. 22

“…shall follow me all the days of my life” Psalm 23:6 KJV

       Many years ago I came to a place in my life where I felt like God had played fifty-two pick-up with my heart. I was at loose ends with ministry and didn’t even feel like I had a church family (I realize now that was mostly from my end not anybody else’s). During that season I actually turned my back on God for a time and decided that if what was going on in my life was truly God’s plan, then I could handle things better on my own, thank you very much!

Have you ever been there?

     It was a terrible time. I shut God out and God did what God does with all of His children who come to such dark valleys; He pursued me; He stalked me; He followed me!

      And for a while I was ticked because I didn’t want to be followed. I wanted Him to go away. I was mad at Him for treating me “wrong”; But His favor and His forgiveness pursued me… wouldn’t leave me alone even for a minute!

    This is what the phrase “…shall follow me all the days of my life.” means.  The word is “RADAPH”. It’s the word used to indicate passionate pursuit, even harassment in some cases. It’s the picture of the lovesick boy who won’t leave the damsel alone despite her attempts to discourage his advances.

     God pursues us with His mercy and his goodness! Today He is actively wooing me to come closer to Him with His favor and His mercy, because He passionately desires me! ME! I CAN HARDLY BELIEVE IT!

     I am so glad He did not give up on me all those years ago. Even when I became faithless, He remained faithful!

How does this phrase challenge or confirm your view of God?

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8 thoughts on “23 Pt. 22

  1. Thank you for sharing Pastor J! It comforts me and also encourages me to not turn away, but turn to the One who would pursue me like that.
    God bless you and yours!

  2. Pastor J, you are so right when you said He stalks you and He follows you. I am truly grateful that my God loves me that much He won’t stop until He gets what He wants, All of me.

  3. When we belong to Him He sees to it that we don’t wander too far. If we do wander off He lets us go as far as we need to before bringing us back to the fold. In the meantime He keeps close watch. He is awesome!

    • So good Patricia! I think this is part of what it means that His rod and his staff comfort us. The rod is not just for the wolves. It’s to guide us back when we fall off the road! 🙂

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