You Can Run But You Can’t Hide

You Can Run But You Can’t Hide

False peace is possible for a moment, but eventually you will wake up to a storm.

Jonah 1:1-3
1 The word of the LORD came to Jonah son of Amittai: 2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.” 3 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.

  • God’s Desire Versus What We Deserve
    • Nineveh was wicked. Had been wicked.
      • If ever there was nation that deserved God’s wrath. It was Assyria.
    • Can you imagine you at your worst? If God had given you what you deserved?
    • Isn’t He an amazing God, that He has a desire to save us that exceeds the punishment we deserve
  • You Can Run But You Can’t Hide
    • Why would we run?
    • I Want To Get As Far Away As I Can
      • Something in the Psychology, he could have stayed put,,, but opposition leads us to a lot of extreme positions
    • Jonah paid for trip that he was never going to take
    • Wanting Something Different Than God’s Will Is Wasting Resources
    • Opposing God Costs More Than Obeying God Every Time
    • Can We Escape God’s Presence?

Psalm 139:7-12
7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you

Jonah 1:4-6
4 Then the LORD sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up. 5 All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god. And they threw the cargo into the sea to lighten the ship. But Jonah had gone below deck, where he lay down and fell into a deep sleep. 6 The captain went to him and said, “How can you sleep? Get up and call on your god! Maybe he will take notice of us so that we will not perish.”

  • Sailor Solutions Won’t Solve The Problem
    • Without God You Will Arrive At The Wrong Interpretation Of The Situation
    • They Thought It Was Weather Issue
      • Things were about to break up
    • They Thought It Was Weight Issue
  • It’s A Worship Issue
    • People Are Stuck In Your Storm Because Of Disobedience
  • God Is Trying To Get Your Attention
    • False Peace Is Possible For A Moment, But Eventually You Will Wake Up To A Storm
    • Can’t run forever