Today in my devotion time I was reminded of a book that I had read years ago that really impacted my life. It was called God Chasers by Tommy Tenney. The premise of the book comes from Paul’s writing to the church in Philippi when he says,
“I press on (chase) so that I may lay hold of (apprehend) that for which also I was laid hold of (apprehended) by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:12, NASV)
In case you didn’t already know, God expects us to chase Him. It’s actually a raw emotional instinct that He’s created inside of us when He made us in His likeness. If we aren’t chasing God we are merely chasing the wind and missing out on our most basic yet primary reason for being.
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33)
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. (Matthew 7:7)
We can all probably look at ourselves in the mirror and realize the truth that what we chase is what we become. Money, power, attention, possessions, they will not relieve the anxieties of life nor will they satisfy. Jesus made it clear that the object of our pursuit needs to be Him. These three imperatives – ask, seek & knock – indicate an ongoing lifestyle of pursuit. They are a perfect balance of human persistence and Godly character.
When we are chasing something in life, a relationship, a job, an accomplishment, people notice. Internally we are saying: I want to marry her, I want that promotion, I am pursuing this goal. Even when we are trying to keep it under wraps, those in our circle of influence can read our tells. They can see it on our face, read it in our body language, and here it in our voice. On some occasions we even come right out and admit it to those closest to us. Shouldn’t the same be true for our pursuit of God?
1. Do the things you are “asking” God for line up with his character and will for your life?
2. What are you missing in life that you are seeking God for?
3. How does Jeremiah 29:13 add to what we’ve just discussed?
4. What are you banging on the doors of heaven about?
5. In what ways can those in your circle see that you are chasing after God?
We ask for what we wish; we seek for what we miss; we knock for that from which we feel ourselves shut out.1
1 Jamieson, R., Fausset, A. R., & Brown, D. (1997). Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (Vol. 2, p. 30). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.