When I run from You, I run to You

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I absolutely love this paradox, when I run from you, I run to you. To an ordinary person who just happens to hear this would probably think it makes no sense. How can you by running away from something eventually run into it. It would seem as if the person running is without any clear direction, it would seem that while they are running, they still have no control over their current situation. If they had control then they wouldn’t run back into the very thing they’ve been so desperately trying to escape. The reasons we run are very simple. We tend to run simply when the fight in the dog is too small for the dog in the fight.  We run away from things that threaten our lives, we run away from things that are simply bigger than ourselves. We run away from tasks and responsibilities that are such a burden that it takes everything out of us to carry it. We run away from love because we’ve been hurt before, we run away from our talents that God has given us because we think we don’t deserve it. Whatever it is in life, if it is bigger than we are able to manage, we usually run.  Elijah ran from Jezebel, Moses ran from pharaoh, David ran from Saul, Jacob ran from Esau, Jonah ran from Nineveh and Paul ran from God. The interesting thing about David and Elijah is that they were both made to run after they have procured great victories in God’s name. Elijah ran from Jezebel after slaying the prophets of Baal. David ran from Saul after defeating Goliath. We run when we are just tired of fighting. We run when we have used up our last bit of energy winning our last big battle. We run when we get frustrated like Jacob. Jacob ran from a brother he had deceived, knowing his own faults and weaknesses he runs instead of facing what he deserves. We run from God because we think He will give us what our sins deserve. Jonah ran from a mandate God gave him. Instead of going to Nineveh, he decides to take a detour and ended up in a belly of a whale for three days until he couldn’t run anymore. Moses ran after attempting to deliver his people in his own power, failed utterly, committed murder and ran for his life. Paul ran from the truth, after being convicted of the gospel he ignores it and further prosecutes the Christians. He kept kicking against the prick, refusing to believe that what he had been taught all along was no longer the way, Jesus had become the way. The law had been done away with and grace is now in play. We run when the truth confronts us. These are all great men of God who did great things for God who also ran from God. None of them when they started running to save their own lives or to preserve their own lifestyles, none of them knew that eventually they would be running into the very purpose God intended for them. None of them by running got any further from God than they have been all along. I believe at one point after David looked back at his life and thought about the times he ran from God the psalm came to mind “where can I go from your Spirit?” “If I’m doing good, You’re there, if I’m doing bad even if its my own fault, You’re there.” How can we run from a God who is everywhere? He’s where we’re running from and He’s where we’re running to. If you’ve found yourself running because what’s ahead of you seems bigger than what’s in you, remember this; whatever God commands of you, He has the supply for you. He asked the woman at the well for a drink, then insistinly told her that if she knew that the supply was talking to her, she would ask of Him and He would give her springs of living water. Whatever the task is, the supply and equipment to accomplish it comes from God. You don’t have to run anymore, your task is big, but your God is bigger. Here’s a rule of thumb; whatever God asks of you, He intends for you to ask him for it. That’s how awesome the God I serve is.  Be blessed. 

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