“Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life” Psalm 23:6a (The Message).
What does it feel like to be pursued? I’m embarrassed to say that I didn’t get the pursuit of human love at first. I was pretty oblivious when my husband first asked me out, and it wasn’t until after several dates that I even realized that he was interested in me in more than a friendship sort of way. He pursued me in all the right ways—flowers, nice things to say, regular phone calls. However, with the wrong perspective, I completely missed it. I’m so glad my husband didn’t stop pursuing me! But even when God pursues me, I sadly can still miss it at times as well.
Psalm 23 starts by saying that the Lord is our shepherd, we lack nothing (NIV). It goes on to give a refreshing picture of how our Redeemer is not only with us, but as our Shepherd, he is leading us everyday through each stage of life—green pastures, still waters, dark valleys, and even in the midst of evil—all while constantly pursuing us with His love. What an amazing thing to grasp! However, we must keep the right perspective in order to see His love for what it truly is. That often can be difficult to do.
The support-raising journey, because it has to do with money, can easily keep our eyes focused on the wrong thing and shift our perspective just enough to miss seeing God at work as He pursues us. When our attention is on money, the formula becomes: I need to be used by God. I need money fast to do this. Therefore, I need to do whatever it takes to get the money for me to go. Well-meaning Christian leaders unfortunately fuel this formula by creating techniques that border on—what I’ve witnessed—a prosperity gospel, name-it-and-claim-it style. The missing perspective is the spiritual side to support-raising, the most important aspect to the process.
Know that our Shepherd is purposefully leading us down every path, even on the support-raising journey. It’s not a mistake. God didn’t run out of money. So, if God promises that we’re not lacking anything, why is He taking us on a path where we have to raise our own money? I’ll give you a hint. . . I don’t think it has anything to do with money. God’s primary aim is to grow us spiritually and get others involved. If you understand this, then your perspective will hopefully change enough to see His loving pursuit of you even through the darkest valley.
All this to say that there is no promise that you’ll get your money quickly; I sure hope you do. For some, it’s green pastures and sill waters. For others, it’s a dark valley and enemy territory. However, the promise that comes grounded in the truth of Scripture is that God is transforming you into the image of His Son (2 Cor. 3:18). Period. He’ll use whatever means it takes to do this, even if means leading you on the support-raising journey through the hardest season you’ve ever experienced. So, trust Him and understand that the support-raising journey isn’t an obstacle, but a chance to see a loving Daddy who pursues you every day. Don’t miss this with the wrong perspective.
- In what ways have you experienced God’s loving pursuit of you during the support-raising journey? Make a list.
- How do you think your perspective is hindering or helping you encounter God’s love during this process?
- What steps can you take in order to allow God to give you the proper perspective to support-raising? Pray for God to be at work in this area of your life.
*First posted on Godandelephants.com on June 7