You Can Run, But You Can’t Hide
October 3, 2021

Today’s 333 Devotional: “You Can Run, But You Can’t Hide”

Heavyweight boxing champ Joe Louis in preparing to defend his title against challenger Billy Conn was told of Conn’s great speed and his tactic of darting in and moving quickly out of his opponent’s reach.

Louis replied, “He can run, but he can’t hide.”

I think this is how we try to live our lives in the Lord. We dart into church to get our worship on and hear God’s word, and then dart right back out, thinking we’re out of God’s reach.

We put in our customary time with God but never enough for Him to make a difference. We spend 15 minutes reading the Bible, a devotional, or in prayer, but walk away before God even has time to speak.

The reason is because we don’t want God to tell us what to do, because we don’t want to follow God and His plan and purpose for our lives. Instead, we just want to live for God enough to get into heaven.

But while you can run, you can’t hide.

This was the lesson learned by the prophet Jonah. God wanted him to go to Nineveh and tell them of God’s upcoming judgment for their wickedness. But Jonah didn’t want to listen and obey, so he booked a trip to the farthest point on the map, Tarshish (Jonah 1:1-3).

He was running from God, but he couldn’t hide. God brought a great storm against the ship that found Jonah being tossed overboard and swallowed by a huge fish.

There’s no place you can hide from the presence of God.

The Psalmist said, “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.” (Psalm 139:7-8)

God has a perfect plan, and if we would stay long enough to listen, then we wouldn’t have to go through half the problems we do.

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