Have you ever felt like you were being pursued by someone? Sometimes a pursuit can be a good thing… like a man pursuing a woman to win her in marriage. But it can be a bad thing that produces fear and anxiety when you receive a threat from someone who wants to overcome or hurt you. These days many are feeling they are being pursued by the harsh and hateful pursuits of people attacking someone’s beliefs, cultural background, gender… and the list goes on.
The most well-known Scripture to humanity is Psalm 23. It is often quoted in difficult situations and hard times. When David wrote this Psalm, it reflected on a time in his life when his enemy was pursuing and threatening him. He describes his circumstance as going through a valley of deep darkness and being in the presence of his enemies. But in the midst of this David portrays God leading and providing for him, as he walked where there were threatening dangers. In verse 6, David uses a word to describe God’s goodness and mercy in relation to his situation. Our English version translates it… “surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life.” But actually the word “follow” is not the best translation. The original meaning of the Hebrew word is “to purse or chase after.” God’s goodness and mercy are not simply following us, like a little puppy would do. His goodness and mercy are actually in pursuit and chasing after us in order to lead and provide for us as we walk through each of life’s difficulties.
Think about it… when God is pursuing you with His goodness and mercy… there is nothing greater that can overcome you (Psalm 31:14-16). PMC “These things I have spoken to you so that in Me (Christ) you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33); “If God is for us, who is against us?” (Romans 8:31).
This thought was written by Paul M. Curtas, General Director of FCAP.