The old saying ‘you can run, but you can’t hide’ was meant to scare however I would like to use it in a different context. There are times when I have expanded my horizons in life, but it I compressed my time with God. Not to say that all who expand their horizons spend less time with God, but for me that became the reality. I put Him on the back burner where He certainly doesn’t belong. At certain points I chose to run away from what He was placing in front of me. Nonetheless, when God has a plan and a mission for life, it will come about. We can run or deny it, and we can even get ourselves into a massive amount of distractions which is what I am good at. That won’t change the overall plans He has for each one of us. Truthfully there are times when I have felt very discontented with life, unsure of what my purpose is or what I am supposed to achieve. But honestly, I have had so much to be thankful for because God has provided for me over and over again. My discontented feelings come from the fact that I ignore His guidance in my life. I have struggled with wanting to be my own god. It is easy as we are born very self-centered beings. We don’t naturally have the tendency to listen and obey, those are learned skills. In my struggles with God’s will over my own, I have found assurance that God still wants me and His plan still reigns in my life. When I listen to His voice, spend time in prayer, and realize that He is in control that feeling of discontentment leaves me. I have also found great comfort in the books of the Bible, King David for example. He was a mere shepherd boy to start out, but God gave him many victories in his life. David grew in to a man and king that was said to be after God’s own heart. (I Samuel 13:14 “the LORD has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him ruler of his people”) David was a great king, but he stumbled too and decidedly went against the will of God at times in his life. Read here in 2 Samuel 11,
In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem.
2 One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful,3 and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.” 4 Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her. (Now she was purifying herself from her monthly uncleanness.) Then she went back home. 5 The woman conceived and sent word to David, saying, “I am pregnant.”
6 So David sent this word to Joab: “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” And Joab sent him to David. 7 When Uriah came to him, David asked him how Joab was, how the soldiers were and how the war was going. 8 Then David said to Uriah, “Go down to your house and wash your feet.” So Uriah left the palace, and a gift from the king was sent after him. 9 But Uriah slept at the entrance to the palace with all his master’s servants and did not go down to his house.
10 David was told, “Uriah did not go home.” So he asked Uriah, “Haven’t you just come from a military campaign? Why didn’t you go home?”
11 Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah are staying in tents,[a] and my commander Joab and my lord’s men are camped in the open country. How could I go to my house to eat and drink and make love to my wife? As surely as you live, I will not do such a thing!”
12 Then David said to him, “Stay here one more day, and tomorrow I will send you back.” So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day and the next. 13 At David’s invitation, he ate and drank with him, and David made him drunk. But in the evening Uriah went out to sleep on his mat among his master’s servants; he did not go home.
14 In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it with Uriah. 15 In it he wrote, “Put Uriah out in front where the fighting is fiercest. Then withdraw from him so he will be struck down and die.”
16 So while Joab had the city under siege, he put Uriah at a place where he knew the strongest defenders were. 17 When the men of the city came out and fought against Joab, some of the men in David’s army fell; moreover, Uriah the Hittite died.
18 Joab sent David a full account of the battle. 19 He instructed the messenger: “When you have finished giving the king this account of the battle, 20 the king’s anger may flare up, and he may ask you, ‘Why did you get so close to the city to fight? Didn’t you know they would shoot arrows from the wall? 21 Who killed Abimelek son of Jerub-Besheth[b]? Didn’t a woman drop an upper millstone on him from the wall, so that he died in Thebez? Why did you get so close to the wall?’ If he asks you this, then say to him, ‘Moreover, your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead.’”
22 The messenger set out, and when he arrived he told David everything Joab had sent him to say. 23 The messenger said to David, “The men overpowered us and came out against us in the open, but we drove them back to the entrance of the city gate. 24 Then the archers shot arrows at your servants from the wall, and some of the king’s men died. Moreover, your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead.”
25 David told the messenger, “Say this to Joab: ‘Don’t let this upset you; the sword devours one as well as another. Press the attack against the city and destroy it.’ Say this to encourage Joab.”
26 When Uriah’s wife heard that her husband was dead, she mourned for him.27 After the time of mourning was over, David had her brought to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing David had done displeased the Lord.
Though David knew his actions didn’t please God, he was self-centered seeking only to make himself happy and thus tried to cover up his mistakes. David was a man of God, but he was human just like you and me and we all make mistakes. The point is no matter what we do, Jesus Christ is interceding on our behalf and loves us so much. He desires to give us a peace and a contentment like no other, but we have to listen to Him. If you do not follow God, how can He lead you? It is tempting to try life on our own, to think that we can do things our own way. We can try, but it will not lead to peace. God wants us to come to Him with our needs and desires and wait on Him for His call. Life is filled with choices and it is silly how often we forget the importance of God’s love and guidance in our lives. The most important choice that only you can make, is to follow Jesus Christ and allow His love to fill and guide your life. No matter what you did in the past or what you are doing today, you can pray and ask for His forgiveness, love and protection. When you feel like running, run to the King of Kings. He has a plan each and every person He created, including you! God bless you.