You can run, but you can’t hide

Sometimes, we aren’t all that keen on serving God. Let’s be honest, I’m sure there was a time or two that you really didn’t want to do what God asked you too. Something like, loving your enemies, or doing good to those who hate you, or maybe loving your family, or maybe just taking out the trash. I’m sure there have been many times that you have just, “felt like” doing something else.

Well, you’re not alone. See, there’s Adam, and Eve and pretty much the entire human race that didn’t want to do what God required, oh, and a few demons too! But getting back to topic, not wanting to follow what God commands seems to be a human thing to do. But whatever it is, it isn’t right.

The story of Jonah is a pretty well known story. God tells Him to go to Nineveh, Jonah doesn’t want to, Jonah tries to run from God (He can’t hide), and God directs a fish(a big fish) to swallow Him (for three days and nights) and then spit Him up near Nineveh.

I believe what I have been trying to get around to say is all summed up in Hebrews 12:11: “Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.”

My heart for you today is this. I’m sure there will be times that you don’t want to obey God. Perhaps you even decide to run away from God’s will. (that’s a bad idea, fyi) If you are a child of God, God will chasten you. You will find life difficult without Him. Without His blessing, intimate fellowship, or grace. Something will be missing. God may allow your salary to be cut, your car to be hit, your house to get water damage. Whatever He does, God will do it because He loves you and wants you to live the best life you can.

Maybe you find yourself in that situation right now. You can run from God, but you can’t hide. I humbly suggest that you stop running. Don’t resist His will. Stop separating yourself from the one you need the most. If God is chastening you, that’s a good thing! God’s instruction is proof that He loves you. And be “exercised.” Allow that chastening to change you. Allow yourself to be transformed and come back to God. If you are in God’s will, don’t start running, walk with Him! You’ll find your life a lot better if you do.

“If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?” – Hebrews 12:7

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