I was raised in an evangelical context that spoke of "pursuing God." It was an elusive concept, one without clear definition. Pursuing God, they said, required us to follow God wherever he might go. Here's what the good folks never told me, though: sometimes pursuing God requires that we follow him into the dark places of your own heart.
Today I'm sharing about this very pursuit at the High Calling. I write:
In his famous Psalm of repentance, Psalm 51, David recognizes this failure of inner pursuit, and he cries out for the mercy of God. He writes, “Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart” (ESV). These words serve as a reminder: failure to follow God inwardly, failure to sit with him in the pain and darkness of the “secret heart,” can be the very thing that leads us to miss God altogether.
Would you join me at The High Calling to discuss pursuing God in the dark places of the Heart? I'd love to hear your thoughts there.
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