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Relentless Love: Advent Day 4

By • December 04 2019

We have a chocolate lab, and his name is Truman. Every day he reminds me of God’s relentless love for me. He has no idea he’s doing it, but I’m convinced God sent him to me, just in case I happen to be having a hard time remembering how obsessed my heavenly Father is with me.

My day starts like this: Truman jumps up the moment he hears me get out of bed. Heck, sometimes he hears me roll toward my night stand to check the time on my phone, and it’s not long before I feel his wet nose sliming my face, just hoping I’m actually getting up. As soon as my feet hit the floor, he traces my every step: First to my closet, then to the hallway, down the stairs, to the coffee pot, and finally to my prayer room, where he tries his best to give me his version of hugs–which means he buries his head in my lap and nuzzles me, his tail wagging so furiously I worry he’s going to hurt himself.

And he doesn’t want to stop! I usually have to tell him several times to go to his dog bed before he finally realizes I’m serious and gives up with the nuzzling and wagging. But then he’s right back at it when a new opportunity arises.

For the sake of keeping this brief, I won’t get into the many Bible stories that illustrate God’s relentless love for us, but I recommend reading stories like Hosea, who kept loving and pursuing his unfaithful wife, or Ruth, whose life story is a beautiful illustration of God’s redemption and heart of restoration toward us.

The most important question we need to ask ourselves is this: “What am I going to do with God’s relentless love for me?” Just like Truman, God is always right at your heels, ready to love you, watching you and looking for yet another new opportunity to get close to you. If you’re not sure about this, maybe you’re just not paying attention.

The Apostle Paul says in Romans 8:38-39: “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Did you catch that? Absolutely nothing can separate us from the love of God. Go find Him. He’s waiting for you.

Happy December 4th!

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