Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | October 11, 2018

Running Far With Jesus

“But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die.” I Kings 19:4a (NKJV)

Interpreting individualized car tags can be fun and challenging. On the way to work one morning one read ‘I Run Far.’ Ok, inquiring minds want to know how far, where, why? Physical running can be enjoyable and therapeutic; however, for some people ‘running away’ seems to be the only option to flee life’s challenges.

We find this example in I Kings Chapters 18-19. Chapter 18 finds Elijah celebrating God magnificently proving Himself, but then inconsequentially Chapter 19 finds him running ‘far away.’ Why? Because Jezebel, a very wicked queen, had received word that God had tremendously used Elijah. Irritated she threatened his life. Fear and doubt gripped this mighty man of God so ferociously he felt his only option was to run – far away. Not only did he run away, he refused to eat, drink, or rest resulting in depression and inevitably praying to die!

How many times does God use us beyond our human ability and without warning we find ourselves like Elijah – fearfully doubting God. The truth is we can’t run from ourselves. Though Elijah’s faith was challenged, God met his physical needs and is ultimately found encouraging Elijah in a still small voice.

What are you running from today? A broken marriage, fear of the unknown, failure, etc.? Listen to God’s voice. Running away is not an option – ‘running far’ with Jesus is. He is your personal cheerleader!

“Dear Jesus, please teach my heart to run to You not away from You.”

For His Glory

Patsy Sanders
TRBC Women’s Life

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