Pursue God

Recently, while meeting with fellow Christian ministers, a subject came up
which at one time or another affects all intercessors and servants of God.
The subject was those times when it seems more difficult to enter into the
presence of the Lord. We all elevate those times in our prayer lives when
the voice of God seems so loud. When His direction for our lives is so clear
that there is not a shadow of a doubt as to His will and direction for our
lives. These are the times that we live for and look toward. These are the
times that carry us through those other times which can only be described as
“dry times.”

But we all experience the dry times when it seems as though our Lord is not
as close as we would like. Those times when it seems like a struggle to
enter into His presence. There may be something that is keeping us from His
presence. Something which He will reveal in time if we are persistent. But
many times these are the times which the Lord allows us the chance to prove
our desire to be near Him. Even when it doesn’t “feel” like it, He is always
near. He died for us and will never ever leave or forsake us. So, when He
seems distant it gives us an opportunity to strive to be where He is, to
pursue Him.

Is our love for Him a “good time” feeling? Is our love conditional upon easy
access into His presence? It shouldn’t be, and if it is then ours is not a
mature love. Jesus said, “Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am,
my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.” (John
12:26). We say that we will never leave Him even to the death. Are we
willing to follow after our Lord even when it seems that He is traveling a
little ahead of us, or a little too fast for us to keep up. Will we be like
Peter and say that we will serve Him until the end, but deny Him as soon as
we are not in His presence? Instead, use those times to show your love for
Him by your dogged determination to find Him no matter the cost. Remember
Jesus said that we could not give up anything in this life for Him that we
would not be given back a hundred times more both now and in eternity. (Mark
10:29,30). Are we willing to pay the price in time and effort to follow
after Him until we find Him?

Recently, while going through one of these dry seasons, I went to a solitary
place to seek the Lord. As I was praying I was tempted to feel alone or
forsaken by Him. But I knew this was not the truth. As I continued in
prayer, I had a realization that He was hearing every word even though I was
not aware of His presence. I laughed and said, “I know you are there and you
are hearing every word I am saying. If you think I am going to stop praising
you for the love you have shown just because you are silent, you are wrong.
Because I will commit my love to you even if I never hear your voice again.”
At that point I saw an open vision of the Lord standing with his back to me.
Just at that moment He looked back over His right shoulder at me and smiled.
As He smiled, and just as our eyes would have met, the room was filled with
the glory of the Lord. It seemed to go on and on, but I’m sure it lasted
only a short time. I could in no wise lift myself up while this occurred,
nor did I have any inclination to move from the presence of the Lord. Still
He did not speak, but His love was over powering and well worth pursuit.

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