June 28, Fleeing God’s Presence
Today’s reading: Psalm 136-140
“Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?” - Psalm 139:7.
Adam and Eve tried to flee from God’s presence, comically hiding in a bush with fig-leaf coverings as God walked in the Garden. They were afraid after their sin and tried their best to hide. Jonah also attempted to run from God, in his case to avoid carrying out God’s directive to fulfill His prophetic purpose in Nineveh: “But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord” (Jonah 1:3). Fear is the reason those three tried to flee from God’s presence, and fear will cause you to do the same thing, actually blocking God’s voice in your heart that is there to direct your steps. Are you hiding from God, afraid because of your sin or because you are afraid of your purpose? Do you see how silly that is? You know that God knows where you are, so why go through the futility of avoiding His love or His will?