You May Run, But God has Called You
Psalm 139:7-12; Romans 11:29
“Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold You are there. If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me. If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,” Even the night shall be light about me; Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, But the night shines as the day; The darkness the light both alike to You (Psalm 139:7-12).
For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable (Romans 11:29).”
Jonah forgot that it was a great privilege to be a prophet, to hear God’s Word, and know God’s will. That is why he resigned his prophetic office and fled in the opposite direction from Nineveh. Jonah knew that he couldn’t run away from God’s presence, but he felt he had the right to turn in his resignation. He forgot that God’s gifts and His call are irrevocable.
At one time other another during their ministries, Moses, Elijah, Jeremiah and even Christ felt like giving up, but God wouldn’t let them. Jonah needed Nineveh as much as Nineveh needed Jonah. It’s in doing the will of God that we grow, we accomplish the impossible, we grow in strength and grace becoming more Christ like. This is why Elijah was taken to heaven to show that even in our darkest hour, God is still with us to help us grow in faith, in grace, in strength, in courage to meet the challenges.
But sometimes we need to run to find this truth. But when we do find this truth, then we become even mightier warriors for Christ. It was that way for Moses, Elijah, Jeremiah, Christ and it will be that way for you and me. For God has called us and His call is irrevocable.