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We Can’t Run From God; Where Can We Go?

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 11, 2014

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Have you ever been doing something and out of the blue you hear a small, still soft voice telling you to go over here or do this or do that? No, I’m not talking about being psychic or telepathic communication. I’m talking about hearing the voice of God. Being a child of God, we ought to know our Heavenly Father’s voice when He speaks to us. And when He speaks to us it’s clear, concise and full of truth and righteousness because there is no disparity about who is talking to you. When the enemy of our souls, Satan, whispers into our ears, why is it so clear and descriptive that we automatically adhere to his verbal command? But when the Lord God, Jesus Christ, speaks to us, we want to act like we need to hear it again and again because we’re not sure. Before long, we’ll keep acting like we don’t hear Him and never recognize His voice. But many of us do know God’s voice, and have heard Him on numerous occasions. But we don’t want to listen to Him because we think we know what He wants: He probably wants us to do something, and it’s always when it’s inconvenient or when we’re doing something. WOW! Sad isn’t it! Putting God off because it’s an inconvenience to us to interrupt our lives for His purpose. But that’s what many of us do, and I’m talking His very own children!
It happened to Jonah in the Bible. And there are so many lessons we can learn from this when we finally understand about hearing and listening to God for instruction and purpose to be fulfilled.

“Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.” Jonah 1:1, 2

God spoke to Jonah and gave him specific instruction to carry out a task for His purpose. He didn’t ask Jonah to move the world, or lead a people out of slavery or bondage. He simply instructed Jonah to go and speak to His people about their wickedness and unfaithfulness. But this was an inconvenience to Jonah. He didn’t want to do it. So he ran, or at least tried to. He thought he’d take the first boat out of town and quickly isolate himself from everything and everyone, especially God. Why was Jonah running from God? Was the task too hard? Did he think he was incapable of doing what God asked of him? Possibly, but not absolutely. Was he in fear of the challenge because it was God who requested him? All of these questions are too familiar to us as children of God because we all have faced them at some point or time in our lives. And just like Jonah, we’ve all tried to run away from what God is trying to tell us, show us or bring us through something. Because of our resistance to hearing and listening to God’s voice, our disobedience has infiltrated the lives around us. Look at what Jonah’s disobedience did the crew of the boat he was on.

“But the Lord sent out a great wind on the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship was about to be broken up. Then the mariners were afraid; and every man cried out to his god, and threw the cargo that was in the ship into the sea, to lighten the load. But Jonah had gone down into the lowest parts of the ship, had lain down, and was fast asleep. So the captain came to him, and said to him, “What do you mean, sleeper? Arise, call on your God; perhaps your God will consider us, so that we may not perish. And they said to one another, “Come, let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this trouble has come upon us.” So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah. Then they said to him, “Please tell us! For whose cause is this trouble upon us? What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? And of what people are you?” ”Jonah 1:4-8
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Our disobedience can affect the lives around us because of our attitude towards authority. We don’t want to obey anyone who tries to give us instruction or show us how to do something. We rebel with vengeance. Nobody can tell us anything because we think, and believe, we know it all. Although that wasn’t Jonah’s perspective, but it might as well have been. Then those we affected don’t want to have anything to do with us, thus avoiding us, separating themselves from us. And that’s exactly what the mariners did to Jonah. Sounds familiar? What about the change of atmosphere we’ve cause because of our disobedience to authority in our work place? Doesn’t that sound familiar? But nobody’s casting lots, wanting to throw us out and firing us, although in some employment sites it may be under the radar. All because we don’t want to listen, hear instruction from those who are in authority over us. If we’re listening and hearing the Lord God’s voice, and doing what He tells us, we won’t have to run or hide.
And if you know the rest of the story, God cause Jonah to be swallowed up by a huge fish, only to be in his belly for three days. While he was there, I’m believing Jonah had some time to think about his disobedience, and why he ran from the voice of God. And just like us in our lives, that very same belly might be a jail cell, being stranded somewhere where we don’t know anyone miles from home, or even laying in a hospital bed with a serious injury from an accident that wasn’t our fault or maybe it was.
My point is this: running from God, especially if He has a purpose and/or a call on your life, has consequences that we all will have to answer to. Why are we running? Perhaps just as Jonah did, because he feared the Lord, not out of reverence but he was actually afraid. And that’s a mentality that many of God’s children have because we don’t take the time to get to know our Heavenly Father in a real, intimate way. When we take the time to read, study, and listen to God, we discover who He is and how much He loves us. Then we will want and desire to hear from Him at all times because He has our best interest at heart, even more so than we ourselves. No matter where we run or hide, there’s is no escaping the voice, the calling and the instruction of The One who created the heavens and the universe.

“Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the fish’s belly. And he said: “I cried out to the Lord because of my affliction, And He answered me. “Out of the belly of Sheol I cried, And You heard my voice. For You cast me into the deep, Into the heart of the seas, And the floods surrounded me; All Your billows and Your waves passed over me. Then I said, ‘I have been cast out of Your sight; Yet I will look again toward Your holy temple.’ The waters surrounded me, even to my soul; The deep closed around me; Weeds were wrapped around my head. I went down to the moorings of the mountains; The earth with its bars closed behind me forever; Yet You have brought up my life from the pit, O Lord, my God.” – Jonah 2:1-6

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