26th August 2019

Run to God

“Where can I go from your Spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me.”
Psalm 139:7-10 (NKJV)

Have you ever felt like running away from God? Tired of the High Calling and struggles with the sinful nature? Sadly, for whatever reason, many Christians are tempted to leave the faith they once held dear.

Thousands of years ago our first parents, Adam and Eve, sinned against their Creator (Genesis, chapter 3) and, as a result of their guilt, attempted to hide from God. They learned very quickly that they could not hide from God, as God knew exactly where they were at any given moment.

Fast forward a few thousand years and the prophet Jonah made the very same mistake. Only this time Jonah decided to flee to a foreign country where he thought God would no longer notice or bother him. Big mistake! God had assigned Jonah the task of going to the Assyrian City, Nineveh, to warn them that if they didn’t repent of their wickedness, his God would destroy them. For some time the Assyrian army had been attacking the borders of Israel and taking captive some of the people and, as a result, Jonah despised them. The last place Jonah wanted to go was Nineveh, hence his disobedience by running away. A quick reading of the short book of Jonah will reveal the well known account of Jonah’s captivity in the belly of the great fish that God had prepared for him. God, however, had not yet finished with Jonah. The fish vomited Jonah up onto dry land, and God once again told Jonah to go to Nineveh and fulfill the commission He had previously commanded him. Reluctantly Jonah did what he was told, and to his chagrin the wicked Assyrians repented of their wickedness, and God spared their destruction. This was not the outcome Jonah wished for, but God was teaching him a lesson that repentance from evil and wickedness is a precious thing in His sight.

If we ever find ourselves tempted to run away from God and the Christian life, let us stop and consider the possible consequences of our actions. God has promised to never leave or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5), so instead of thinking about running away from God, let us rather run to him and receive the wonderful blessings he desires to share with us.

Prayer
Father in heaven, many years ago our first parents, and then later the prophet Jonah, attempted to run away and hide from you. They had to learn that this was a bad decision to make. Thank you for the promise that you will never desert us, no matter what trial we may be going through.
Amen

Study by John Magowan
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About the Author:
John Magowan is a member of the Pastoral Council at Grace Community Church, Lisburn, Northern Ireland.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Lisburn
(www.grace-ni.org)
Ballymacbrennan School Hall
129A Saintfield Road
LISBURN
BT27 5PG

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