Life is a pursuit. That’s true for all of us – no escaping it. You chase something, you know it, and you can’t quit – that would be crazy. So what do we chase?
That list could probably go on for days. The endless chase, whatever it is, is what gets you out of bed in the morning. It’s what makes you check your inbox and your mailbox. It’s what causes you to ask the opinions and feedback of others. The chase wears you out at times, but alas, after resting from your panting, you run again.
Most of the objects we chase are moving targets. We’re left with daily frustration. At each benchmark, we simply receive a new baton and run for the next mark. It’s endless.
Moses chased vengeance and wound up expelled from Egypt. David chased sex and it cost the lives of thousands. Saul chased power and control and it cost the lives of early martyrs. For each of these, however, the chase abruptly ended in a sharp confrontation with the Almighty.
A burning bush, the words of Nathan, the Damascus road. Everything changed when two chases collide. In their pursuit of power and pleasure, they were oblivious to the fact that they were, in fact, being pursued… and they had finally been caught.
God has chased us down throughout history. With prophets and preachers, scholars and scribes, He has communicated His message. Through circumstances, events, and miracles, He has indicated His presence. And with His Son, He threw a net.
I hope your chase for anything other than God lands you at the foot of the cross. He’s the ultimate pursuit. When you come to Him, you’ve caught the ultimate prize. And as Paul put it, this is what you’ve been apprehended for. I’m gladly caught. Then again, I’m still passionately pursuing!
Paul said, “I have yet to apprehend that for which I have been apprehended… I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” He’s always just beyond my reach, but someday… someday this chase will be worth it. Is yours?