Seldom do I come home on Sunday and feel like everything was perfect. Most Sundays I feel like little things could have been better. It’s not usually big things. In fact, most of the time it’s little things that no one else would ever notice. That is not the case with yesterday. I can’t think of a single thing that didn’t go well. The music was spot on. i want to say a big thanks to Nick and the band for all they do to usher us into God’s presence every week. The arrangement of the worship set this week was excellent. Everything flowed extremely well. Yesterday was also one of those rare Sundays that I felt great about the message. I am sure that I said exactly what God wanted me to say, and it was very encouraging to talk about how He loves us so.
I thought it might be fitting to mention a couple of the highlights from yesterday and expound briefly on them as a reminder for those who were there and for clarity for those who weren’t. From Genesis to Revelation we see a pattern develop that is ironic when considering the greatness and holiness of God. In spite of the fact that He is self-sufficient and doesn’t need us, and we are rebellious and defy Him, He pursues our affection. We sin. We rebel. We defy. We hide. We try to cover our sin, justify our rebellion, explain away our guilt, and God chases. God pursues. God loves. it’s overwhelming when you consider it. He doesn’t need us, yet He created us. He is fully self reliant, yet He pursues us. We rebelled and deserve wrath. He loves and extends grace. That’s what so loved is. God loves us so much that He gave. He gave His Son. Nothing demonstrates His love more clearly.
So what should we do? Understand there is nothing you will do to make God love you more, and nothing you will do to make God love you less. So stop trying to do, and just stop. Let Him catch you. Feel the embrace of the Almighty. Climb up in the lap of the Lover of your soul. Sit with Him a while. Baskin His presence. Slow down and let Him catch you. Here’s to quieting the noise, slowing down the itinerary, and letting God catch us. I am so thankful for the chase.