Either that, or we are listening to the same voice.
Remember my Hebrew study of Genesis 1:1-2 for a section in one of the chapters of the book I'm writing?
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Genesis 1:1-2
Before man was even created, the Spirit of God was hovering (brooding, fluttering) over the very thought of Adam and Eve. He was in pursuit of man before man was even here.
In Deuteronomy 32:11, the same word is used by Moses to compare God's hovering over the children of Israel in the wilderness to an eagle hovering over its young. The side notes in my Bible call it a divine overshadowing.
As my Pastor spoke during the morning service, this word was confirmed in my spirit. God- the creator of the universe- is in continual pursuit of His children... of me, of you. He is not only watching over us, He is watching for us. Watching and waiting in anticipation for us to accept His invitation, reciprocate His love, and pursue Him Who is pursuing us.
In Genesis 3:8-9 the Spirit of God again pursues Adam and Eve for an evening stroll in the garden. Ready for a time of fellowship, an intimate conversation, a strengthening of their personal relationship, He enters the garden and searches for His children.
"Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, "Where are you?'" ~Genesis 3:9
Instead of meeting God as they had before, Adam and Eve were separated from His presence. A breach in their relationship occurred because sin had entered their lives.
How many times has God had to call out to us?
He desires to manifest His presence in our lives continuously, not just a moment here and a moment there. He wants to take up residence in our lives. In order to experience the continual manifest presence of God revealed in the Holy Spirit in our lives, we must reciprocate the love He lavishes upon us.
The evidence of our love is not found in what we say but in what we do.
"For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments..." ~1 John 5:3a
Do not misinterpret this as meaning we have to earn our salvation by works. But are our actions reflecting what we believe? (Click here to read a recent post on Believing, Speaking, Living).
God pursues us because He is madly, passionately and completely in love with us, His children.
As we walk throughout our day, the Spirit of God is hovering over our lives. Even now.
Can you hear the sound of God hovering? Can you feel the breath of His Spirit? Can you sense His Holy presence?
Is He searching, calling out to you...Where are you?
Or has He been met by your own pursuit of Him?
(Part two of this sermon and more evidence of my Pastor tampering with my notes...coming soon.)
Linking today with Michelle at Nebraska Graceful:
and counting my gifts with Ann V:
#56-65 of graces embraced and gifts undeserved by given anyway...
56 confirming words
57 words that empower
58 God revealed in us by the Holy Spirit
59 God's pursuit of me
60 Sunday evening service twice a month
61 days when I can't seem to tear myself away from the Word of God
62 three more logs on the fire burning in my soul
63 God's desire to manifest His presence in my life
64 an evening stroll in the garden
65 a Pastor who hears from God