Can we Really Run from God?
"But Jonah ran away from the LORD and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed from Tarshish to flee from the LORD." Jonah 1:3
Southern California has had more than its share of "slow speed chases," when criminals flee from law enforcement and it's all caught on life tape, usually from a news helicopter. These can get quite dramatic. But then, the ending is almost guaranteed: police will eventually put the cuffs on the suspect. We sort of knew the outcome before it unfolded.
Many think that they can run from God. Jonah thought he could, but only ran into trouble in the form of a giant fish that swallowed him up whole. He wanted to flee from God's will for his life, and for a moment, he succeeded. But once again, we know the outcome before we read the ending. He would not be successful; in fact, he would only injure himself.
Has God called you to something you're running from? Are you running from God? Perhaps you've seen these adjustable leashes for dogs. The dogs can dart off in a direction, maybe to chase a cat, and the owner with the adjustable leash allows the dog a measure of freedom. But only for a while. Soon, the leash runs out and the dog can proceed no further. God may allow us a measure of freedom, giving us time to come to our senses. But if we persist in our stubborn ways, He will eventually yank the leash, and our escape will come to an abrupt end.
Following God in difficult times is never easy, but, it's far less painful than running from Him. God may allow us to go our own way for a season, but eventually His love will draw us back.
It should help us to know that we can never really successfully run from God. Most people who ran from God will tell you it was not a happy time, and it often ends in pain. Our wisdom is to seek Him daily and follow His will for our lives. Running is never an option, at least not in the long run.
Posted on Thu, November 10, 2011
by Sam Petitfils