Sunday, June 26, 2011

Where Could I Go?

"Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?” declares the LORD. “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the LORD."

(Jeremiah 23:24)

In Jonah chapter one we read that God asked Jonah to go to the city of Ninevah to preach the Word of God to them. Jonah didn't want to go so he thought he could hide from God. Instead of going to Ninevah, he went to Joppa and boarded a ship bound for Tarshish. He thought he could run from God and that God would just look the other way. God sent a storm and when it seemed that all would be lost, Jonah convinced the crew to throw him overboard so the storm would stop. They reluctantly listened to him and the storm ceased. Jonah was swallowed by a great fish, where God kept him safe for three days and three nights until He caused the fish to vomit Jonah onto the beach. 

We can read about poor old Jonah and think of how ridiculous it seems that he would actually think that he could hide from GOD, but isn't that exactly what we do when we sin and don't repent of it? We think that God doesn't see what we're doing. We think that because we got away with it in front of people, that God will turn the other way and ignore our sin. Let me make this clear, there is nothing that we do or say or think that God does not see. God sees everything. We can't hide from God. 

When we act one way at church or in front of the Pastor and then we act an entirely different way at work or out in the public, God sees it all. God can see past our masks. He sees who we really are. We can fool people and we can even  fool ourselves sometimes but we can't ever fool God. Ultimately it is Him we have to please. It is only Him. We can't hide anything from Him. He knows our heart. He knows our intentions. He knows our secrets. We have to be real with God because He knows the truth about who we are and what we do. We can't hide from God. 

 Where can I go from your Spirit?
   Where can I flee from your presence? 
 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
   if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. Psalm 139:7-8

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