If one thing characterizes my four-year old son, it is his relentlessness. When he wants something, he will pursue it until he gets it. When he wants to play a game, he will ask and ask and ask to play. When he wants to show you something, he will get you and bring you to see what it is that has captured his attention. When he says something and isn’t heard, he will say it again and again. He will even grab your face and point it toward his own so that you will listen to what he says.
We have much to learn from our relentless son, because God commends those who are relentless in their pursuit of Him. Jesus told the parable of a widow who continually came to the judge, seeking legal protection. Finally, the judge broke down because of her relentlessness (Luke 18:1-8). Jesus told another parable of the friend who knocks on the door and pleads with his friend to help him. When the friend first refused, he continued to ask with persistence. Finally, the friend gave in and helped him (Luke 11:5-8).
Our God is a good God who will give us good things, if we but ask. Jesus said, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Luke 11:8).
Are you relentless in “following hard” after God? (Psalm 63:8, KJV).