THURSDAY, JUNE 30
37 O Lord, answer me! Answer me so these people will know that you,
O Lord, are God and that you have brought them back to yourself.
1 Kings 18:37 (NLT)
THE BIGGEST SURPRISE OF LIFE IS THAT GOD CHASES AFTER US,
NOT TO PAY US BACK, BUT TO WIN US BACK.
The French Revolution was tough on nobility. For years, the people with money and power in France ignored and humiliated the common people, forcing them to suffer and starve while the noblemen lived in luxury. With the revolution came payback. The guillotine was the method of choice for the people’s revenge.
During the revolution, many noblemen tried to escape execution by disguising themselves to slip out of the country undetected. One of them, the Marquis de Condonset, donned the ragged clothes of a peasant and attempted to work his way to the nearest border. His ploy worked until he stopped at an inn full of real peasants. The disguised nobleman walked into the inn, sat down at a table, and ordered an omelet made with a dozen eggs. That wasn’t a smart thing to do in front of a group of people who never would have been able to afford such an extravagant meal. The nobleman’s mistake ended up sending him to the guillotine.
In 1 Kings 18:37, Elijah made it clear that the goal of God’s miracle and this battle with the prophets of Baal was to bring the Isrealites back to God. The point of all Creation is to draw you to God. When God miraculously intervenes in your lives it is always to grow your faith in Him. As Mike pointed out on Sunday, the whole story is about God’s pursuing grace, patience and unrelenting love for us.
God pursuing you is God’s way of showing you grace and drawing you back to Him. When is a time when you know God was pursuing you?
Thank God for showing you grace in times when you have strayed from Him. Confess any area of your life where you are currently straying from God.