Message From Matt – May 29

You can’t run, can’t hide!
 
Remember the story of Jonah?  I know…everybody does, but do you remember how the book started?   
 
It starts out with God telling Jonah to go to Nineveh to preach God’s warning of judgment against them, BUT, Jonah had another plan…”But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord…(Jonah 1:3)
If disobeying God was Jonah’s plan, he succeeded!  
If getting away from God was the plan, he failed!  
 
The problem is the same problem that everyone else has that tries to run from God; it’s impossible to run from Him…Because He is everywhere at all times!  For those that are running to God that is a blessing!  For those that are running fromGod, this can lead to big problems!  
 
Focusing on the good parts of this truth, it’s good to know a few things!  The first is that God’s omnipresence transcends time itself.  He is in the past, present, and future all at the same time which is far above our comprehension.  The truth is,  since God is currently in all three of those time categories,  He already knows my future!  He already has mapped out His best for me and knows every move that I will make and since He has the best thoughts toward me (Jeremiah 29:11) and cannot lie (Titus 1:2), I know good things await me…especially in spending eternity with Him (Revelations 21-22).  
 
The second part of this truth is that God is never far away.  You can never be too far from God!  He is never too busy or distracted to take His eyes off of you and He is definitely always capable to handle any problem that you have.  
 
Lastly, He is here, there and everywhere.  Normally, that phrase is said in a negative way, but the truth that God is everywhere at all times should give us comfort!  We cannot escape His presence, His mercy, His grace, His chastening when needed, or His love.  Whether you are in Indy, Florida, or China…God is there.  You might try to run from Him, but if you are His child…you can never get rid of Him!  You can never get Him out of your mind!  You can never get Him to forget you!  You can never be so far away that He can’t help you!  
 
Let’s always be running to Him…never trying to run from Him!