I was reminded of a rerun of My Wife and Kids. And for those of you who are not familiar with the show, it was a TV comedy back in the early 2000s starring Damon Wayans and Tisha Campbell about a husband, Michael Kyle, his wife (Jay) and their three children, Junior, Claire and Katie. It was really a funny show, along the line of the Cosby Show.
Anyway, on this particular episode, Jay is away and Michael has to tend to the needs of Katie, his youngest daughter, who was about 7 at the time. And everything that Michael tried to do for Katie wasn’t good enough for her. She missed her mommy and she let him know. “That’s not what Mommy does,” she said, “That’s not how Mommy makes it.” And no matter how hard Michael tried to please her, he couldn’t. So finally he sits her down and he lets her know how bad he feels that she doesn’t see how much he loves her. And I don’t remember the exact words she said to him, but it made him say this to her, “Katie, I have been trying to win your heart since the day you were born.” And you hear this awww, from the audience. And it was a precious moment. Because you could see how much he had been pouring out his heart trying to win Katie over.
And as I thought about that, immediately God spoke those same words to my spirit, “I have been trying to win your heart since the day you were born.” God has been trying to win our hearts since the day we were born. He is constantly pursuing us. Constantly beckoning us to come. To come to Him. To follow after Him. To come close to Him, to have faith. To believe Him, to trust Him, to let Him in our hearts, to let Him fix things for us. God is constantly trying to impress us in some way. No matter how much we pull away from Him, no matter how much we show Him we don’t want to be bothered sometime, that it’s too hard to believe… God is yet in hot pursuit of us. Calling us to draw nearer to Him and in the words of my husband, “Let Him Love Us.”
The Song of Solomon says in 2:10, “Arise my darling, my beautiful one, and come with me.” Picture that God telling you that. You are His darling, His beautiful ones. In Isaiah, God says “come and let us reason together and He will make our sins as white as snow.” In Matthew 11:28 He says, “Come unto Me all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” Our God, our Almighty God, bidding us to come. And He never stops. He is in hot pursuit of us. Desiring us to believe. Desiring us to be saved.
Jesus told Peter to come, just as God is telling us. Desiring us to believe Him. To take Him at His word. He invites us to come boldly to His throne of grace that we may obtain help in our time of need.
God is constantly in pursuit of us. Of you. Doing everything in His power to win your heart. He sends people our way to speak a Word of life to us when we are feeling low. He comforts us and gives us peace that we don’t understand. He meets our needs when we least expect Him to. He heals our bodies, takes care of our children and our loved ones. Yeah, that was God when you look back at some things and you realize that somehow you made it through. You are yet alive. You are yet still here and so are they.
God has been trying to win your heart since the day you were born. So much so, that even before you were born He came up with a plan to save you, by sending Jesus to die for you. That you would be whole, that you would have life, eternal and abundant.
And I want you to know just like Michael Kyle did with Katie, God won’t stop bidding you to come. He won’t stop loving on you, no matter how much you turn him away. No matter how much you say nothing is ever good enough, He will keep on trying to show you just how much He loves you. God is in hot pursuit of you and He has been since the day you were born.
I pray you let Him love on you and I pray you would come to realize just how much He wants to.
God is real.
A servant of the Lord,