Unfailing Pursuit

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.

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Unfailing Patience

by Carolyn Hope

But when Ahab heard this message, he tore his clothing, dressed in burlap, and fasted. He even slept in burlap and went about in deep mourning. Then another message from the LORD came to Elijah: “Do you see how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has done this, I will not do what I promised during his lifetime. It will happen to his sons; I will destroy his dynasty.” (1 Kings 21:27-29)

Ahab was probably Israel’s most wicked king (see 1 Kings 21:25-26). God proclaimed doom to him and his whole family because of his wickedness. In this passage, we see how Ahab responded to that decree – he humbled himself and mourned. The Lord saw this and decided to delay the destruction on Ahab’s family until after Ahab’s death.

This is only one example of the amazing patience God has for us. Even to those who are utterly depraved, those we would consider as ‘too far gone,’ He shows incredible patience and forbearance. Do not mistake God’s patience for a pass to do wrong – He is still a just King, who will punish the wicked and reward the righteous. Again and again in Scripture, however, God goes above and beyond with extravagant patience to unworthy people.

Patience says, “Wait a little longer.” No matter how long it’s been, or how hopeless it seems, patience doesn’t let go or give up. You, child of God, are a product of patience. Not only was God patient with you in the past, waiting for you to come to Him, but He is also patient with you now as you grow in Him. You can trust the patience Jesus has for you. It’s unending and unfailing.

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