You can never take God by surprise. You can never anticipate him. He always makes the first move. He is always there 'in the beginning'. Before man existed, God acted. Before man stirs himself to seek God, God has sought man. In the Bible we do not see man gropin after God; we see God reaching after man.
John R. W. Stott. Basic Christianity. IVP: London, 1996 (Reprint). S. 11.