After Ahab's death, his son Ahaziah becomes king of Israel. Ahaziah models the ungodly and disobedient mindset and actions of his father, and even has a similar "fire from heaven" experience with Elijah. Like his father, Ahaziah's example puts before us a picture of defiance toward God and His ways. Ahaziah wanted nothing to do with God, yet God still reached out to him through Elijah. What an amazing picture of a faithful, loving God who pursues us even when we've turned our backs on Him.
In my 20s and 30s I went through a period where I decided to live for me and my goals rather than live fully for God. But during this self-centered time of living, God never abandoned me. In fact, I could absolutely feel Him pursuing me. This went on for a good number of years until God brought some difficult circumstances into my life that got my attention and turned me back to Him. It was a painful time, but as I write today I can say wholeheartedly Thank you, God, for your faithfulness to me.
How would you describe the state or condition of your relationship with God right now? What does knowing that God will never stop loving or pursuing you show you about God? How does it make you feel? Tami
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