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3 Powerful Scriptures That Illustrate God’s Relentless Pursuit of You

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“God is in relentless pursuit of you,” Elder Patrick Kearon taught in his General Conference address God’s Intent Is to Bring You Home. “He wants all of His children to choose to return to Him, and He employs every possible measure to bring you back.”

This message strives at the deep longing of our hearts to be loved and chosen. The idea of God pursuing us is indeed tender. However, it may also we hard to conceptualize what this looks like in our everyday lives. This is especially true when we consider the pressure we often feel to pursue God ourselves. 

There are three powerful scriptural examples of God’s pursuit that can help us better understand this principle. 

Adam and Eve

Adam and Eve

Have you ever felt too ashamed to approach God? Adam and Eve understood this feeling well. In Moses 4:14, they respond to the arrival of the Lord after partaking of the fruit. 

“They heard the voice of the Lord God, as they were walking in the garden, in the cool of the day; and Adam and his wife went to hide themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.”

Here’s how the Lord responds: 

“And I, the Lord God, called unto Adam, and said unto him: Where goest thou?”

From these verses, we learn that God pursues us, even when we sin or feel like we should run away from Him. When God learned that Adam and Eve had partaken of the fruit, He offered them covenants and way forward so they could return to His presence. God will do the same for us.

We can better embrace this type of pursuit by regularly taking inventory of our covenant walk with God, repenting earnestly when we sin, and not hiding ourselves from the Lord, even when we want to disappear. 

Hagar

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Hagar was an Egyptian maidservant of Sarah, the wife of Abraham, and her story can be found in Genesis 16. When Sarah was unable to conceive, she gave Hagar to Abraham as a concubine to bear a child on her behalf. Sarah became jealous of Hagar and “dealt hardly with her.” Hagar ran away with her son and was pursued by an angel of the Lord. 

The angel told Hagar to return and promised her seed would multiply exceedingly and that she would bear a son named Ishmael. He told her many things about Ishmael’s future. Hagar called the name of the Lord, “Thou God seest me.” Sometimes this is also phrased as “the God who sees me.” 

After returning and giving birth, Hagar would once again be cast out when Ishmael mocked Isaac, Sarah’s child. Abraham gave them a small bit of water and they were forced to wander in the wilderness. As they neared death, God miraculously saved them with a well of water. 

We learn from Hagar that God pursues us not to fill a quota or as a reactionary response; instead, He sees us in our individual circumstances and wants to be near to us as we go through them. When we mourn, He wants to mourn with us. When we fear, He wants to be with us through our fear. When we run away, He follows so we might have a companion. 

To discover this form of pursuit, try to ask yourself where you can see the hand of the Lord more in your life. 

The Lost Sheep

Jesus gave the parable of the lost sheep in Luke 15. He taught: 

“What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.”

This parable reminds us that we are of great worth to the Lord. We may feel unimportant or forgotten by the Lord. Each one of us is cherished! In fact, we are so loved by God, that He will never give up. That’s the type of pursuit this parable speaks of us. He will keep going until He finds us. He will hold us and rejoice over us. 

God’s Relentless Pursuit

God uses every measure to find us and bring us home to Him. Discovering how He pursues us is a personal journey we can undertake with the help of the Holy Ghost. How have you seen God pursue you in your life? Let us know below. 

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Aleah Ingram
Aleah Ingram
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.

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