You Are Wasting Your Energy To Run From God


Does that picture of Forest Gump describe you spiritually? 

Back in 1980-1981, I ran from God. In the fall of ’80, I sensed for the first time that God was dealing with me… calling me into the ministry. Well, the idea of that scared me. So, I ran from God. I started drinking and doing things I didn’t need to be doing. That lasted for about six months and then, through a series of events, God got my attention and rededicated my life to Christ.
Have you ever tried to run from God? Lots of people do. But I can tell you, it’s a waste of time. If you are running from God, you are the one that’s miserable.
Jonah tried running from God. God told Jonah to go to Nineveh and preach. But Jonah didn’t like the Ninevites so he came up with a better plan.. at least he thought it was… he went to Joppa and bought a ticket on board a ship. He THOUGHT he had fooled God. But he hadn’t and you know the rest of the story.
In Psalm 139:8-12, the Psalmist talks about the foolishness of running from God. He says, “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.”
I can understand the Psalmist… you cannot go anywhere that God’s not there.
If you are running from God, I encourage you to stop. You can’t out-run God.
If you are running from God, I encourage you to stop. Think about it… God loves us… God wants the best for us… you are running from God’s best for your life.
You make know someone that’s running… pray for them and encourage them to stop. They are running from God’s best.
In the movie “Chisum,” John Chisum (played by John Wayne) there is an interesting scene.
Mr. Pepper says: “You know, there’s an old saying, Miss Sally. There’s no law west of the Pecos and no God west of the Pecos. Right, Mr. Chisum?
Chisum replies, “Wrong, Mr. Pepper. Because no matter where people go, sooner or later there’s the law. And sooner or later they find God’s already been there.”
You can’t out run God, friend. Stop running from God and decide to walk with God.

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