You can’t run from the will of God.
Well…you can run but you can’t hide. Just ask Jonah.
The will of God can be frightening at times. We wonder how we will get from where we are to where God wants us to be. We question our ability to fight the battles that will be required. We question our desire to make the sacrifices that will be required. And we struggle with the command to take up our cross.
Here is a great example; the small remnant of Israelites that were left in the promised land after Babylon’s conquest (Jer. 42). The people asked the prophet, Jeremiah, to pray and find God’s will. After ten days, the prophet returns with God’s answer.
“If you stay here (in the promised land and under the rule of the Babylonians) I will build you and not pull you down. I will plant you and not pluck you up.”
“If you decide to go to Egypt because you think that there you will be safe from war or famine, then you will find in Egypt the sword and the famine which you were afraid of and there you will die.”
In other words, your greatest fears will be realized in the place you run to escape the will of God.
You can run, but you can’t hide.
God is calling an army of people to dig their heels into the land of promise, the inheritance that He has given us, this wonderful Truth. There is a battle to be fought, sacrifices to be made, and a cross to bear. If we stay, He will build and plant us. If we run, we run from the place of safety and into our greatest fears.
Stop running, there is nowhere to hide.