“Then the sailors picked Jonah up and threw him into the raging sea, and the storm stopped at once! The sailors were awestruck by the Lord’s great power, and they offered him a sacrifice and vowed to serve him. Now the Lord had arranged for a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was inside the fish for three days and three nights.” Jonah 1:15-17
Our natural tendency is to run away from God. We hear the word of God—we know the character of God—we know what it means to be faithful—to do what is right—to live God’s way—to have the right priorities and goals in life—yet, we avoid it, we make excuses, we will not listen, we choose to go in the opposite direction! Resisting God is easy, disobedience is natural. You can run, but you can’t hide!
If you are being disobedient in the Christian life, do not for one moment think you can or will get away with it—-it is a downhill walk spiritually, and it’s only a matter of time—you can run, but you can’t hide! Hebrews warns us to take God’s discipline in this life seriously—in Corinthians you read of the believers who are struck down for making light of the Lord’s Supper. And for some of you, maybe just maybe, God is saying wake up to yourself— are you taking the word of God seriously in your life?
“You can’t hide—there’s no need of tryin. You can’t hide—cause you don’t know how! God’s got your number, knows where you live. The devil’s got a warrant for you!”
Jonah runs but he can’t hide, because God won’t let him go—-and this is a good thing—because the worst place to be in our lives is outside the will of God!!!!
Native Americans had a rite of passage for all boys when they turned 13. On the night of their first teenage birthday, they were blindfolded and taken several miles from camp. The warriors would leave this new teenager alone in the dense, dark forest. He would be forced to stay there and fend for himself throughout the night. The darkness seemed endless, as wild animals would howl, the wind would make strange noises, and the rustling of leaves would sound like an approaching enemy. After enduring a night without rest or sleep, the dawn would finally break. The young teen would see the forest as it really was—flowers blooming, tall majestic trees swaying in the breeze. To his utter surprise, though, he would come to see an imposing male figure just a few yards away. Unbeknownst to the sacred warrior, his father had been there the whole time and he was ready to protect his son against any wiles of the forest.
No matter what experience we undergo, God stands there with us, even when we’re unaware of his divine presence and protection.Pray for God’s protection. Pray for God to surround you with His angels. Pray for God’s protection on our gathering at NewLife. Pray for runaways to come back to Jesus. God loves runaways, I know that for a fact. He saved me when I was running in the opposite direction!