Dear readers, it’s time to forget and let go of fear, worry and shame. These three comrades form an entity that wants to cripple you and manipulate you to not trust God.
Some of us attempt to run and hide from God because of the things we do and say when the weight of this trio presses on our hearts and minds.
In the midst of fear, worry and shame many hide from God.
Oh beloved do not run from Him, rather I encourage you to run to Him. Jesus is the Prince of Peace and the light that dispels all forms of darkness.
We should run to Him and not from Him.
Besides, it is futile to try to hide from God. It is IMPOSSIBLE. You may at times feel hidden but distance does not make you invisible.
Take a lesson from Jonah the great prophet that God called to speak redemptive love and salvation to a people who were so wicked, senselessly violent and ignorant of God’s truth. Jonah, despite his good and godly reputation, he also had a time when he didn’t feel up to the task. A time when he did not agree with God’s choices for His life. A time when He felt fearful of the situation that faced him.
A time when he just wanted to run from God. And well, he thought he could. The story is a bit long but I encourage you to read it; it has so much insight but the best part is that even when God sent a whale to swallow up Jonah to put an end to all the running… Jonah was still contemplating. This is what the entity of fear can do.
Jeremiah 23:24 says: “Can a man hide himself in hiding places so I do not see him?” “Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?” declares the Lord.
Now, Jonah was not the first to think he could hide from God. Adam and Eve fell into a similar trap because of fear, worry and shame.
“They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.”
Later, when God called to Adam, the man answered saying: “I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid … so I hid myself.”
David however knew that No one can hide from God.
He said: “My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth”… “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.” David confessed his fear and wrote about it more than he did act on it. Most importantly He ran to God instead of from Him. He said “ If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea (like Jonah); Even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will take hold of me.
David knew he was imperfect and unworthy, as we all are.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. Don’t run from Him but run to Him and you will find safety even against the entity of fear.