God’s Pursuing Love
It’s already February and Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. It’s such a fun time to celebrate love with our little ones, help them share valentines and kind sentiments with friends, and of course indulge in sweets.
As parents, it’s also a great time to reflect on our Heavenly Father and His great love for us. Not only does God rejoice over us, but He pursues us, even when we aren’t actively pursuing Him. Psalm 23:6 says, “Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life.” He doesn’t just think of us every once in a while; God is actively seeking us and chasing after our hearts all of the days of our lives.
God’s pursuit of us reminds me of the parable of the Lost Sheep in Luke 15. In verses 4-6, Jesus says “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’”
No matter how many people there are in the world, God takes personal delight in you. It doesn’t matter if the Shepherd still has 99 other sheep. Each sheep is precious to Him and He cares deeply about every single one.
I also love that nowhere in the scripture does it say that the Shepherd goes after the lost sheep and gives up when he doesn’t find it by sundown. It says that he goes after the sheep “until he finds it.” God doesn’t give up on us. Even when we give up on ourselves, God’s love is relentless.
This Valentine’s Day, let’s remember God’s pursuit of us and be deeply encouraged by this love. Let’s also share with our children that they are uniquely precious to God, that He delights in them beyond measure, and that He never gives up on them.
Amy Mixson, Faith and Family Coordinator