Did you know that it takes 200 muscles to take step when you run? Your entire body has to engaged in the process of running for it to be successful. Did you also know that over a billion pairs of running shoes are sold worldwide every year? This tells me two things: people love running and that running requires strength to take a step. It’s seems to me that , The only difference between running from God and obeying God is a step!! The options are to step toward God or away from God.
In the Bible, Jonah is called to speak out against the wickedways of a city heading toward destruction. But like most of us, when we hear God calling us, we run like a track star. Jonah was giving Olympic Gold Medalist when it came to running. Not only does Jonah get out of dodge, he goes in the complete opposite direction. Does this sound like you right now?
God has a specific task that he has assigned to each of us. God wants nothing more than for us to obey him and get to work on what he said we need to do. God told you to stay at that job, start the business, write the book or curriculum, save and invest the money, leave your hometown and so on. You’ve had some private conversations with God and he told you to do something before he will do his part. My question to you today is: Have you done what God told you do? Or did you run away or put it on a shelf in a dark closet where it could never see the light of day? You said, I can’t do it, I don’t have time , I don’t feel like it today, maybe I can do this instead. Or maybe you procrastinated all together. Which have you chosen? No matter which one, God sent me here to tell you to stop trying to cut and run. Stop trying to find a way out of the divine dilemma that is before you.
James 1:2-4 MSG reads, Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.”
I know that life is hard and throws so many curves balls but we have to be strong followers of Christ. Running isn’t the answer and only delays our breakthrough. The time spent trying to avoid the challenges could be better spent by getting through it. Stop running from that challenge at work, new promotion, new promising relationship, moving to that new city/ state, or forgiving that person that hurt you.God is using it to prepare for what’s coming next.
The next time you feel the desire to run:
Ask yourself this:
What about this situation is making me run?
Which emotion and belief system is this response attached to?
Is there a real threat or danger to me surrounding this situation?
Do I serve a God that is way bigger than anything I could ever imagine?
What does God’s word say about what I am experiencing and running?
Jonah ran when things got uncomfortable and he felt that he was not enough or up to what God was calling him to do. I want you to know that you can’t outrun God or his purpose for your life, no matter how fire your running shoes are!! Just like Jonah, our lives can be unnecessarily complicated when we function in a way that is contradictory to God’s design. I challenge you to stop running and face the challenge God has assigned to you. What’s does that mean? Start the business without the money, accept the promotion or the job that you feel unqualified for, write the book without the book deal, love again despite the past of being hurt, love and invite that coworker to church that gets on your nerves and so on. Don’t let the enemy rob you of your destiny and purpose journey. The very thing you are running from could be what ensures you make it to your final destination. Stop running away and start receiving all that God has planned for you.
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Thank you for reading!!