“Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever” (Psalm 23:6, NLT).
From time to time, we hear of an obsessed fan stalking a celebrity. Stalkers can become aggressive, making life difficult for the one being pursued, even to the point of doing bodily harm. For the average person this isn’t a concern, but unfortunately some view God in this way. They think of him as an intruder into their lives and wish he’d just leave them alone.
God is not a stalker but he does pursue us. He wants to shower us with his love and grace, show us mercy and compassion and be the one we look to for daily strength and eternal salvation. He doesn’t force himself on anyone and doesn’t become weird or violent when people ignore him. He is the gentle one who reminds us of his presence through nature, displays his kindness in acts of love and sacrifice made by fellow human beings and loves us no matter what.