Hunt and Pursue. Most of us do it, but why? Remember how Abraham sent his servant out to find Isaac a wife? Or what about the time when the tribe of Judah chased Adoni-Bezek, and cut off his thumbs and big toes? (Ouch! Graphic story there, but he did have it coming!) And let’s not forget Pharaoh chasing the Israelites across the Red Sea.
What about us modern day wives? In which ways do we hunt? We search for a great pair of shoes, the best deal on a car, the right blend of mocha, a well paying job, cheap underpants for the boys, and the best price for beef. And then there are the deeper things we pursue such as the need for intimacy, friendship, and love.
I used to wonder why it seemed that everyone had an addiction of some sort. Everyone had an obsession, a fascination, or a need that inspired the way they played house.
Then I came to the understanding that the hand of our Maker has woven pursuit through each one of our souls in hopes that we might turn that hunger to Him.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. ~ Mark 12:30 (NIV)
And we do love Him, but we love the low price of beef more, so we run to the market with meatloaf on our mind, all the while telling ourselves that God doesn’t mind waiting—we’ll talk to Him later.
And hopefully we do, but too often we don’t because we heard that The Gap was having a sale, and...
Hunger, pursuit, fascination, obsession, and desire--all passions I’ve replaced with the things of this world, when what I really desired was Him.
Yes, I was created to chase, but unless I’m chasing the Lord, I’ll always be left feeling empty and void.
So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. ~ Matthew 6:31-33, (NIV)
May we be God-chasers today, tomorrow and always, so that faith takes its rightful place of priority in each of our homes.
You are loved by an almighty God,
Darlene Schacht www.timewarpwife.com