Spiritual Practice

In Hot Pursuit

Katy Steele, 20

Sometimes we seem to think that our faith depends only on us: we either accept or reject God’s love, end of story. But there are two sides to the equation, and we often overlook the most important one: God longs to be in relationship with us.

We are God’s beloved children; and like a loving parent, God pursues us. Check out Hosea 11:1–9.

God doesn’t sit back in a recliner, lazily loving us. On the contrary, God actively pursues us, chasing us and crying out for us to stop depending on the world and to start trusting God. God’s love for us is constant, even on our worst days.

So imagine how God feels when we run away, when we allow our pride, anger, impatience, busyness, or unhealthy relationships to become a wedge between us.

God loves us, and nothing will ever change that. But it takes two to make a relationship work. Don’t ever let any sort of wedge get in the way. Say yes to a relationship, and experience God’s relentless love for you.


REFLECT AND ACT: In your life, what serves as a wedge between you and God? What steps can you take to remove this wedge in order to grow deeper in your relationship with God?

—from devozine (March/April 2012). Copyright © 2012 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved.
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