“And later Isaiah spoke boldly for God, saying, “I was found by people who were not looking for me. I showed myself to those who were not asking for me.” But regarding Israel, God said, “All day long I opened my arms to them, but they were disobedient and rebellious.”” Romans 10:20-21 NLT

We waste a lot of time trying to keep people that don’t want to be kept. If we are not careful we will be trying to hold on to Kawhi Leonard when he stopped playing a year ago. Sometimes it’s better just to let people go where they want to go. Especially when you’ve consistently showed your love and support.

God wants to keep us but even God gets tired of being snubbed. Isaiah says that the people of Israel ignored God’s opened arms repeatedly. It’s hard to imagine anybody ignoring the open arms of God, but when we walk away from relationship with the one who blessed us due to the delusion of self-sufficiency, we too ignore the open arms of God.

  1. I was found by people not looking for me. God speaks about Gentiles who were not part of the chosen people of Israel. When Jesus sends out his apostles he sends them to the Jews first then the Gentiles. As children of God we get first choice but if we get to the place that we turn from God he will turn to people that weren’t even looking for him. There’s not a shortage of people who God wants to bless. Don’t ever think that you’re not replaceable in the Kingdom. God doesn’t have to bless us but he does because we respond in honor and love.
  2. I showed myself to people not looking for me. When God’s chosen people turned from him, God revealed himself to people that weren’t even searching for him. There’s somebody waiting to receive what we rejected. 

God doesn’t keep chasing what doesn’t want to be kept and neither should we. I’m not saying you cut people off at the first sign of disagreement but when there is a consistent disconnect after you’ve continually reached out it’s time to let them go to Toronto.

Dear God-

Thank you for the discernment to know who to hold on to and who to let go. Thank you for not letting go of me too quick in seasons where I fell back. Thank you for being a Father that came looking for me before you traded me. Forgive me for taking your love for granted. I’m grateful to serve your people in your house. Thank you for revealing yourself to me when I wasn’t even looking. I never want to lose you. Thank you for keeping me!

In Jesus’ Name,