On The Run
Have you ever found something tugging at your heart? Felt like God has called you to something you never imagined doing in your life and your immediate instinct was to run.
Run as far as you can from the call of God ‘cause that isn’t what you got in this for. Realistically how many of us came to Christ more for what they could do for Him, than what He could do for us? And because our focus seems to be more about the reward more than serving Christ, the moment He asks us to do something that on the surface the risks outweigh the reward, we run.
Truth is many of us came to God when we realised we couldn’t work it all out by ourselves, when we needed a way out of lack, needed healing, or provision. And that’s not a bad thing, God will take you as you are, but in the process we have to transition from babes drinking milk to mature Christians seeking meat, a deeper relationship with God.
Luckily for us God knows us better than we know ourselves, He knows the decisions we’d make that we never imagined ourselves making.
““Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.””
Jeremiah 1:5 NKJV
So God knows when we will run, He always has a back up for our mess up, so you find that where you were going to run from HIm you end up running into Him.
Moses wanted to right the wrong the Egyptians had done to the Hebrews, but he was overzealous and killed the Egyptian soldier, then in an attempt to further help the Hebrew found himself being chastised. He had the right heart to do what God had called Him, but once it seemed like too much he ran.
“Now it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out to his brethren and looked at their burdens. And he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his brethren. So he looked this way and that way, and when he saw no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. And when he went out the second day, behold, two Hebrew men were fighting, and he said to the one who did the wrong, “Why are you striking your companion?” Then he said, “Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Do you intend to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?” So Moses feared and said, “Surely this thing is known!” When Pharaoh heard of this matter, he sought to kill Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh and dwelt in the land of Midian; and he sat down by a well.”
Exodus 2:11-15 NKJV
Moses was running in fear from the call of God, only to find himself exactly where God was calling him, into a place where he could be alone with God to have a personal and intimate encounter with Him at the burning bush.
When the prodigal son took his inheritance and left his father, his father daily went to the highest point of his home to watch out fo this son, There is nowhere you can go or run, that God isn’t watching over you, wouldn’t chase after you and won’t take you back into His arms. He is the God that leaves the 99 to go after the one.
In the same way Jonah was on the run from God, he intentionally decided not just to disobey God but to get as far away from where God was calling Him. Jonah running from God found himself doing the work of God and ending up exactly where God had called him to in the first place.
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
Romans 8:28 NKJV
God will take your mistakes, your disobedience, your good, your bad and work it all for your good, if you truly love Him and desire His will. While Jonah was on the run unbelievers came to the revelation of who the true God was and saw His power. While Jonah was on the run, he saw the salvation of God, he got a testimony of the mercy of God that meant that when he went to Nineveh, the people were quick to repent.
So often we lean on our flesh, or get scared and we go on the run, but God’s love is so deep and unfailing that wherever you run, He will be there, to keep, protect you and offer you His salvation.