About God Running

There’s only one place in the bible where we see God running.

“So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.” -Jesus Christ, Luke 15:20 (NLT)

Maybe you think of God as a stern faced old man who likes to make rules and is filled with judgement, well that’s not at all who God is. God is for you. He wants you to do well.

He is on your side.

If you want to know what God is really like, learn about Jesus. Philip once said to Jesus, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” And Jesus replied, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you?” (John 14:8-9)

So to learn what God is really like, learn what Jesus Christ is really like. Start with the gospel of John, then read Matthew, Mark, and Luke. You’ll be surprised at the true nature of God.

God tells us if you or I draw near to Him, He will draw near to you. (James 4:8) So draw near, and experience God running in your own life. He’s waiting for you. He’s watching for when you begin to move toward Him. And while you are still a long way off, He’ll see you, and become filled with compassion. He’ll run to you and embrace you.

Go to Him.

Maybe you have wandered away like the prodigal son. Maybe like the prodigal you’re starving right now, spiritually malnourished. Maybe like the prodigal you’ve finally come to yourself and realized life with faith in your Father and His Son Jesus Christ is more fulfilling than life without. Maybe you realize the source of your disillusionment is you put too much stock in expecting others to live up to expectations God has for you. Maybe now you’re ready to focus on what God has for you, instead of what others should be doing for God.

Pray right now, tell Him you’re coming. Ask Him to run to you as He did for the prodigal. Let Him feed you, find a way to regularly study God’s words from His scriptures. Go to His house and enjoy Christian community.

God’s waiting.

He’ll celebrate your return.

The Story of the Prodigal

Jesus told them this story: “A man had two sons. The younger son told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now before you die.’ So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons.

“A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money in wild living. About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve. He persuaded a local farmer to hire him, and the man sent him into his fields to feed the pigs. The young man became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything.

“When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”’

“So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.’

“But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began.

Luke 15:11-24

About Kurt:

My goal is to help you begin to move toward God and Christ, like the prodigal son from Luke 15.

I write about three themes on God Running: The book of Genesis, Old man/young man Q.A., and How Jesus Loved People (and how you can too). Those aren’t the only topics, but the main ones. I post once or twice a week.

I’m blessed to live in beautiful Oregon with my wife Kathy and my two sons.

Drop me an email at kurt@kurtbennettbooks.com, or friend me on Facebook, or find me on Twitter.

To make sure you don’t miss the latest posts you can subscribe by email if you’re interested. Just go to the Home page and click on the button in the left column that says “Sign me up!” If you do, you’ll also receive a free copy of the Christian parable, Traveler and the Chaplain. It’s a book about leadership, for those of us who don’t happen to be natural born leaders.

It’s my hope and my prayer God Running will richly bless you and your family.

In Jesus name.

25 thoughts on “About God Running

  1. Thanks, Kurt, for your blog – and thanks also for following my blog, Learning From God’s Word. God bless you and make you a blessing to many.

  2. I was researching names concerning the first family “Adam and Eva” with their offspring in Genesis 4 when I came across your post. It made sense to me. I looked at other resources but, they just left me feeling there’s something more.
    Thanks

  3. Many blessings to you also!! I find it so encouraging to find all these Christian blogs around. Glad I bumped into yours. Can’t wait to see what you have posted.

  4. Hi Kurt, I came upon your blog while trying to do a research into the origin of the Chinese people in the context of Biblical account in Gen 9:18-19 which said:

    “Now the sons of Noah who went out of the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. And Ham was the father of Canaan.These three were the sons of Noah, and from these the whole earth was populated.”

    Since all the people on earth came from Noah through his three sons I’m just curious as to where the Chinese fit in in terms of Genesis 9 and 10. Apparently, the Bible does not clearly lay out the lineage of the Chinese people. It is thus left up to many Biblical scholars to pick and choose certain verses in Genesis 9 and 10 and come up with the Biblical lineage of the Chinese people. Some said the Chinese people originated from Japheth through Javan. Some said they came from Shem through Joktan. Your source said the Chinese descended from Ham through Canaan to his son the Sinite.

    I grew up in pagan idol worshipping culture. But, as I know, the ancient Chinese worshipped only one God whom they called Shangdi. In ancient times, China was known as Shenzhou, which means the land of God. The ancient Emperor acted as the representative of God and was known as the Son of Heaven with the Mandate of Heaven to rule over the people with justice and righteousness. One of the ritual for the Emperor to perform every year to be counted as righteous and maintaining the Mandate of Heaven was to observe a strict ritual of animal offerings in the form of bull and lamb without blemish and libation at a mount as offerings to God. The practice had been kept throughout the generations since ancient times from about 5000 year ago to our modern time when the last Emperor of China was deposed in 1911. Like the kings and nations of ancient Israel and Judah as described in the books of Samuel, Kings and Chronicles, the ancient Emperors and the people were likewise corrupted over the years as different philosophy and religions, such as Buddhism and Taoism, were introduced.

    Sorry for such lengthy post, but I’m trying to put together my own perspective and understanding of the Biblical origin of the Chinese people by critical analysis of all the different materials gathered from my research, such as from some materials from your blog and your sources and materials from other sources. I just started my blog on this topic in WordPress and hope for some constructive and critical comments along the way.

    Best regards,
    Shan

    • Thanks for your comment Shan. That’s a daunting research project you’re taking on! I admire your obvious enthusiasm for your work. I think everything in my previous post you’re referring to would fall into the category of indication. In other words, we can’t definitively say where each specific race came from, but there is some interesting evidence out there.

      I’d be very interested to hear what conclusions you come to when you finish your research.

      Would you mind emailing me at kurt@kurtbennettbooks.com and sharing it with me?

      May God richly bless you Shan.

  5. Hello Kurt! I look forward to really diving more into your blog…I am inspired and encouraged by what I have read so far. Also, thank you for following my blog at Faith1st Ministry. I hope it has and will continue to be a major blessing in your life. May God richly bless you as you continue to write and blog. Please continue with us on this journey and remember to have Faith 1st. — Sebastian

  6. Hi Kurt…didn’t know where your blog was so I Googled you! Just received the letter that you have joined our team at Christian Blessings. Glad to have you! God bless you! You’ll have to swing me my website as well and check me out: http://LynLeahz.com and http://PromiseBook.net BTW, you made a good choice to come and serve God with us at CB! PTL is finding a lot of wonderful people to join…glad you are one of them!

  7. Hi Kurt, love your style and topics you cover in your blogs….would you collaborate with us at ChristianBlessings to reach out to the far corners of the world with the wonderful unchanging love of God and His Word? Could not send you an email. My email on ChristianBlessings.
    Blessings
    ptl2010

  8. Inspiring! Thank you for sharing a journey that’s packed with lots of truths that I needed to be reminded of. I pray that this will be a great resource and encouragement to others. Blessings!

  9. Thank you.
    My name is Karen Kim now i read the your blog
    Last night i reading first time and Today i read again.
    really!!! beautuful give to messages.:)
    thank you again and have nice a day.

  10. Kurt – very NICE, truly good and meaningful work. This inspires me to go out and do something that matters.

    Blessings!

    Andoman.

  11. Thanks Kurt for hitting my blog. Your blog looks great with lots of good stuff! Looks like we have a lot in common and I’m glad to see you are about the work of equipping Christian leaders in the firefighting community. I pray your work is fruitful and Christ is glorified as you go about the business of saving lives in the community and in the firehouse.

    Anchored

  12. It was fun and adventuresome traveling with you in your book.

    How we also desire to see Jesus written on every one of the pages of our life!

    Great book and inspiring!

    Thanks Kurt!!

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