I’ve pondered this idea for many years…
…first hearing of it while I was in a process of restoration to God after a great failing in my life. The question I asked was “how could God want me and keep coming after me after what I’d done?” The answer my counselor gave was “it is the prevenient grace of God.” I’d never heard that term before and I remember just kind of agreeing but not knowing what that meant.
Understanding and really agreeing with the idea that it is God and only God who is the initiator of the relationship I have with Him, and that He is solely responsible for revealing to me everything I can know about Him is of utmost import in my resting in relationship with Him. Because I know he delights in making Himself known, I need not worry or strive or fret over any deficiencies I may hold within my heart that tempt me to believe that I am too small or inadequate or unlearned or sinful or unforgivable etc. and therefore unable to “know” God. To do so would create within my heart the losing battle of religious endeavor to become great or adequate or wise or sinless or forgiven enough to “know” God.
In His loving mercy, God assumes the complete responsibility for this self-revelation of Himself to me in effect protecting me from myself. He takes the skin and covers me showing me that he knows what is in my heart and still loves me. It is in this truth that I can rest and be free now to respond with bright, wonder filled eyes to every advance this wonderful Lover Of My Soul makes toward me as He longs to be captured by the glance I give in return. That, is then the only worthy response I can make, and, is all that is required of me in my pursuit of knowing God.
“Christian theology teaches the doctrine of prevenient grace, which briefly stated means this, that before a man can seek God, God must first have sought the man.
Before a sinful man can think a right thought of God, there must have been a work of enlightenment done within him; imperfect it may be, but a true work nonetheless, and the secret cause of all desiring and seeking and praying which may follow.
We pursue God because, and only because, He has first put an urge within us that spurs us to the pursuit. “No man can come to me,” said our Lord, “except the Father which hath sent me draw him,” and it is by this very prevenient drawing that God takes from us every vestige of credit for the act of coming. The impulse to pursue God originates with God, but the outworking of that impulse is our following hard after Him; and all the time we are pursuing Him we are already in His hand: “Thy right hand upholdeth me.”
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