"We pursue God because, and only because, He has first put an urge within us that spurs us to the pursuit."
There is something hidden deep within us, or perhaps it is an emptiness nothing can fill, that causes us to pursue God. It may be that we have chased hard after other things and found them wanting. In desperation we cry out to a God we dimly see.
The miracle, the blessed paradox, is He has been there all along. Without His tender wooing, we would never have begun the search at all. Had He not called us by name, we would be wandering aimlessly looking for some nebulous answer to the emptiness inside.
"Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes."
I love the way Tozer puts it:
"The impulse to pursue God originates with God, but the outworking of that impulse is our following hard after Him: and all the time we are pursuing Him we are already in His hand."
By faith we find Him and invite Him in, and then we begin the journey of getting to know Him. We will never fully plumb the depths of all He is this side of heaven. But He invites us to seek and find. You - His chosen child who chose Him.
" For no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them to me, and at the last day I will raise them up."