“God is a Gentleman. He’ll never force Himself on you.”
I hear that a lot and I get it. I understand what’s being communicated … I think. God lets us choose Him. He lets us make mistakes and be rebellious, but He’s always lovingly waiting in the wings for us to return. He waits for us to be ready.
Hmm. He doesn’t always work that way.
I can be stubborn, hard-hearted, and distracted. If God gently tapped on my heart during those times, I’d never hear or feel it. No, He crashes into my awareness, takes my face in His hands, blazes His eyes into mine, and asks, “What. Are. You. Doing?” And I love that He does!
When I think of where I would be had God not come after me at the worst times in my life, I am filled with wonder, driven to my knees, and compelled to serve.
Sure, when I’m flirting with sin or just being dense, He gives me a little nudge. I’m thankful that He cares enough to poke me with His pinky when I need it.
But it’s the times He has shaken His holy mane
stood to His powerful feet
and run in my direction
that convince me that neither death nor life, angels nor demons, the present nor the future, nor powers, not height nor depth, nor anything else will be able to separate me from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus my Lord (Romans 8:38-39).
God tailors His behavior toward us as needed and sometimes it’s gentle, but don’t picture God as a kindly, old man hoping you’ll glance in His direction. That’s not Him!
If you belong to Him, He fights for you and sometimes that fighting is fierce.
There’s a real danger in thinking that we’ve got all the time in the world and that God is only too happy to wait for us.
The truth is, life is not a game and the stakes are alarmingly high. God will do whatever it takes to accomplish His purposes. If you are His, He is totally invested in you and will do whatever it takes to bring you to your full potential. If you resist even that, you’ve chosen the consequences.
But don’t you want a God Who will come after you, fight for you, and love you enough to do whatever it takes to make you more like Jesus?
I sure do.