The Hound of Heaven, 3-12-13

May 18, 2016 | by: Pastor Jonathan Riddle | 0 comments

Tags: Life at the Cross

jr"In the Trinity term of 1929 I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed; perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all of England. I did not see then what is now the most shining and obvious thing: the divine humility which will accept a convert on even such terms."

So wrote C.S. Lewis in his autobiography "Surprised by Joy." His story describes how The Hound of Heaven brought him to his knees to admit that God was God and he was not. It is one of the great stories in history of God pursuing one of his prodigal's even when they weren't pursuing him. I'll be covering Lewis this Thursday in my Journeys of Faith class, please feel free to come, even if its just this week.

In a larger sense I believe Lewis' life is the story of us all. Through our pride we have rejected Him much more than we care to admit and yet He continues to pursue us..... all these years later, His love still reaching....his grace endless. Think of the many times God has watched over us, and even those times when He protected us and we were unaware. We're thankless children and yet it makes God's Love and Grace even more amazing, reminding me of the lyrics by Gary Chapman.

I am driven by rivers of pride
You are my rescue
The Maker and Keeper of my life
Lead me by the still waters again
Use me in spite of the prodigal child
That You know I am.

Glorify God and enjoy Him forever,

Pastor Jonathan

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