Our God is a pursuing God. We run. He chases. Over and over again. We see this most clearly, perhaps, in the Book of Jonah. Jonah ran in the opposite direction God had ordered him to go. God thus chased Jonah down and brought him to repentance so that he might be used in God’s plan to bring others to repentance as well.
What was it that led God to chase Jonah down? David answered that here in Psalm 23. It is God’s goodness and faithful love, often translated as “mercy.” It was for Jonah’s own good that he ended up going to Nineveh. It was love that chased him down. God would have been quite unloving to allow His prophet to run from Him—the greatest good—and live in disobedience to Him. So the storm God threw at the boat was good, and the fish He sent to swallow Jonah was good—because they were each used by God to bring Jonah back to where he needed to be.
That is what God does for us too. He chases us when we run. He throws storms our way. He delivers us in ways that might seem like anything but kind acts of His love. But whether we see it or not, God’s goodness and faithful love always run beside us.
How have you experienced God chasing after you?