God Pursues Us (10 June)

Morning Encounter:

Read:

God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die. God did not send his Son into the world to condemn its people. He sent him to save them! No one who has faith in God’s Son will be condemned. But everyone who doesn’t have faith in him has already been condemned for not having faith in God’s only Son.

The light has come into the world, and people who do evil things are judged guilty because they love the dark more than the light. People who do evil hate the light and won’t come to the light, because it clearly shows what they have done. But everyone who lives by the truth will come to the light, because they want others to know that God is really the one doing what they do.

(John 3.16-21)

Reflect:

Here John tells the amazing story of a loving God who sends his son to rescue us from darkness and separation and to restore a fallen and broken world. We cannot earn God’s favour and love; he comes, he pursues us and offers it to us. Just before these verses, we read of Nicodemus (a leader of the Pharisees) who came to Jesus in the night with doubts and questions. After witnessing the suffering and death of Jesus, God changes his darkness into new light. The light has overcome his darkness and his new, eternal living has begun.

Respond:

‘Eternal life is to know you, the only true God, and to know Jesus Christ, the one you sent.’ (John 17.3)

Our eternal life with God has already begun! How has God pursued you and exchanged your darkness for light and life with him?

Midday Meditation:

O God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more. I am painfully conscious of my need for further grace. I am ashamed of my lack of desire. O God, the Triune God, I want to want Thee; I long to be filled with longing; I thirst to be made more thirsty still. Show me Thy glory, I pray Thee, so that I may know Thee indeed. Begin in mercy a new work of love within me. Say to my soul, ‘Rise up my love, my fair one, and come away.’ Then give me grace to rise and follow Thee up from this misty lowland where I have wandered so long.’

(A.W. Tozer)
 

Evening Reflection:

Let me be reborn in you and see through you the world in the right way, so that all my actions, words, thoughts can become a hymn of praise to you. I need your loving grace to travel on this hard road that leads to the death of my old self and to a new life in and for you. I know and trust that this is the road to freedom. Lord, dispel my mistrust and help me become a trusting friend. Amen.

 (Henri Nouwen)

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