You Can Run But You Can’t Hide!
“Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, 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
This question verse 7 isn’t expressing any intent on David’s part to run from God, it’s a rhetorical question, infused with awe and wonder at God’s relentless, loving pursuit of him.
You Can’t Outrun God
Wherever you are in life, literally and figuratively speaking, you can never outrun God. There’s nowhere in this world you can go that His presence cannot find you.
You are never too far gone – too backslidden, for God to reach you. You are never too angry – even with with Him, for His love to reach you and uphold you. If you’re in a ‘good place’, you’ll know that all it took was a heartfelt move towards Him in humility and repentant response to His voice, and there He was!
You can try to move across entire continents but He will be there, waiting for you when you arrive – in fact, He’ll accompany you all the way there too, because His presence never leaves you. He is omnipresent- He’s here with me now as I write this, and there with you now as you read it. He pursues deep relationship with His children.
God Doesn’t Do Shotgun Weddings
We are created for relationship with God. Nothing and no one else can ever fill that gap in our hearts. You’d think then, that we would all respond by running into His presence with the boldness and confidence that He has freely given us as His children (Ephesians 3:12) – holding nothing back from Him.
But we have been given free will. God doesn’t do ‘shotgun weddings’, or ‘arranged marriage’. He won’t force us into relationship with Himself. He invites us, calls us, woos and pursues us. Amazingly, it’s up to us how we choose to respond.
Taste and See That He is Good!
Sadly, many Christians spend their lives with just an acquaintanceship with God. Some are happy with just a salvation experience and then never really grow much past that, to get to know God up close and personally. Let me re-phrase that, some convince themselves that they are happy with just an acquaintanceship with God. But how could such a relationship bring any real really joy?
As I write this, Psalm 34:8 comes to mind:
“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!”
Do you believe you’re unworthy of God’s love? Do you run from Him rather than to Him?
This is what He says to you from that verse: “Taste and you’ll see that I am a good God! I’m not the God you have pictured in your mind. I’m the One who created you and loves you with an everlasting love. I Am Good. Every good and perfect gift comes from me. And then don’t ‘just taste’ and try to be satisfied with only that – take refuge in me. In my presence you will find your shelter, your resting place and your peace.”