by Carolyn Hope
Then the man of God went to the king of Israel and said, “This is what the LORD says: The Arameans have said, ‘The LORD is a god of the hills and not of the plains.’ So I will defeat this vast army for you. Then you will know that I am the LORD.” (1 Kings 20:28)
Earlier this week, I mentioned how King Ahab was perhaps the wickedest of the kings of Israel. Even he, however, received help from the Lord. The Arameans had demanded King Ahab give them everything, or else there would be war. Ahab chose war, and because of the Lord, the Israelites defeated the Arameans, not once but twice. Before each of these battles, God sent a prophet to King Ahab to tell him that they would be victorious by the Lord’s hand. Both times, the prophet closed with this final statement: “Then you will know that I am the LORD.” The whole purpose of God’s victory for the Israelites was for King Ahab to know Him as Lord.
We look at King Ahab as a hopeless case, too twisted and evil for redemption. God looked at him and said, Ahab, you’re worth pursuing. I haven’t quit on you yet. Ahab had his back completely turned to God, and still, He reached out to him. God repeatedly came after the man who had forsaken Him and His ways.
Jesus’ pursuit of you is unending. Indeed, His greatest act of pursuit for you was the cross, but His pursuit did not finish there. Every single day, He keeps pursuing your heart. You are never too far away for His hand to reach you. You are never in too dark of a place that He doesn’t see you. His heart is always for you. He will pursue you for the rest of your life, and He will do whatever it takes to get your attention. Forget what everyone else sees or says about you; God says you are worth chasing after.Like what you've read? Receive free email updates from The Voice Online: Subscribe