Running in the light …. Hiding in the fear?

June 12, 2013

“However, Jonah got up to flee from the Lord’s presence. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. He paid the fare and went down into it to go with them to Tarshish, from the Lord’s presence.” Jonah 1:3 Holman Christian Standard

Hiding from God is an old story. Some people try to hide in plain sight by just ignoring God’s leading. Some self-destruct thinking that failing and being “in control” is better than surrender and living in God’s presence. Jesus refers to Jonah as evidence of His own burial and resurrection. David spent much of his royal preparation hiding in caves and living on the run … but … he knew God was with him. Jonah was called to go tell his enemies about this God who is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy … AND … he wanted nothing to do with such a mission. So he ran and hid. There is no rest in your life when you hide from God. Maybe you aren’t being asked to go speak to your enemies, but maybe you know what Jesus would have you do in His Name. You can’t hide. It isn’t about the outcome. It’s about trust. Will you trust Jesus to lead your life today … even when it seems unclear or you feel inadequate? Will you trust that Christ has your best interest at heart? If you don’t, you will run. But if you follow, you’ll find His Helping Hand .. His Spirit alongside guiding your steps, shaping your words, and making His life visible through your actions. You don’t become a robot. You become an ambassador of grace who represents Christ. It only takes a moment …

“Where can I go to escape Your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I sy “Surely the darkness will hide me, and the light around me will bar come night– even the darkness is not dark to You. The night shines like the day, darkness and light are alike to You.” Psalm 139:7, 11-12 Holman Christian Standard

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Grace-Chased Marathoners following Jesus and friends of Priority One (kchesterp1@gmail.com)

About Ken Chester

I love seeing Christ become alive and real in someone's life. It is amazing what happens when Jesus moves in and starts to renovate a life. When I'm not riding my road bike, I am usually walking our corgi named Trinity (she came that way) and corgi-lab named Lowrider. Carolyn and I are transforming our backyard. And a book is on the way. ...Stay tuned ... Ken
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