The way you think, the way you act, the way you respond demonstrates who you believe God is.
My Aunt Margie had a slew of kids, milked cows every morning, grew her own food, and raised pigs and chickens,which you could see walking up under the house through the kitchen floorboards. She was country.
On one visit to her house, a few of her kids, my brother, and I went with my cousins who lived up the road to a drive-in horror movie marathon. My cousins said they would pick us up at the end of the driveway. Aunt Margie’s driveway was two miles of thickly wooded pot holes, swamp, and dirt. Nobody liked driving down that driveway.
What none of us had thought about before we left was the walk back home after a marathon of fright!
They left us at the end of the driveway in the pitch black of a moonless Kentucky night. As we proceeded down the dark road, one of us “thought” we heard “something.” We paused for a moment and then all began to run! For the next two miles, nobody in the history of mankind, amateur or athlete, has ran any faster than we did.
We all arrived safely at the house and laid out on the grass to catch our breath. One by one we began to laugh about our panicked sprint away from (probably) nothing.
I think sometimes we believe the opposite of God is true. The Word tells us God is truly here with us, but we act as if He is not. We believe we can close the door, talk quietly on the phone, meet at a secluded place, or watch that movie on the pay-per-view because we are out of town. We can omit that on a tax form. We can allow it to fester in our hearts. As long as no one gets hurt, we can do what we want.
Don’t be fooled! Psalm 139:1-2 says, “I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night— but even in darkness I cannot hide from you. To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you.”
Do you believe you can hide the truth from God? Or do you act as if God is hiding from you? Are you running breathless through the darkness of this world, out of answers, out of excuses, searching and searching, exhausted, laying flat out on the floor, living as if He is really isn’t there? Or maybe you’re running from God.
The writer of Psalms experienced this in his life. He ran away from God in shame because he lived as if God wasn’t there. Broken and tired of running in the dark, he met God face to face in prayer. Forgiven, he was able to pen these words “Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.” (Psalm 139:14)
The way we think, the way we act, the way we respond truly tells us who we believe God is.
Stop hiding. Stop running. Starting living in His presence.
“I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence!” – Psalm 139:7