You Can run, but God Will Chase You
Jud Wilhite's book Pursued
(audio version but also available in print version)
tells the story of Hosea and Gomer from the book in
the Bible Hosea, but it does much more than that. Listening
to the book author read his own book seems to add an
extra dimension to the story.
God tells (well more like demands) Hosea to marry Gomer,
a prostitute, and Wilhite pics the story up there and
follows the many trials and tribulations that both Hosea
and Gomer endure.
It takes the author a long time to tell the story (5
½ hours of listening time), but the reader won't
be disappointed as the author uses the life of Gomer
to illustrate our relationship with God. Gomer gave
up many times, but God did not falter even once.
The title of the book will give the reader an idea
of what that relationship might be. God pursues us with
persistence of will, and yet we make Him chase us for
The author uses both biblical and modern day real-life
examples to show us that God has a continuous, loving
pursuit for each of us. Now isn't that a comforting
thought? His examples and explanations bring the idea
of undeserved grace into clear focus.
If we are honest with ourselves, we can all see parallels
to Gomer and Hosea and we travel through life, but after
we listening to the book, many of us will change we
way we view God—and it will be a way that brings
peace and joy to our hearts. The book takes the focus
from us pursing God to God's pursuit of us. We sinful
humans have a good chance for failure, but God cannot
fail. Aren't you glad he is pursuing you?
For many of us, God was a being who pursued us but
did so to punish us. What a relief to find that, yes,
he is pursuing us, but so he can offer us unconditional
The book is filled with one overriding theme—love,
love love. The story and the book is just one more example
how God chooses the broken to show how strong his love