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Several years ago, I gave up smoking, and starting running. I guess I should clarify that. Several years ago, I started jogging, and either had to quit smoking, or quit jogging. I am happy to report that the tobacco giant has been dead for almost nine years.

And, upon further self-examination, I guess I should note that I can't remember the last time I have actually ran. You know, at full throttle. Oh, I've chased my little girl, but that is still at my jogging pace. I've chased my wife around the yard and the house, too. But thats none of your business. The only real running I've done in the past several years is probably something most of the posters on this board have done. Run from God.

If God is Who He says He is, and if I believe what scripture says about Him, then why would I run from Him? Why would anyone who knows and believes the truth, run from God?

Maybe I don't believe what I know. I suppose that is the difference between believing in your head, and believing in your heart. I know the truth; I just believe it %100, or %100 of the time.

Maybe I am sinning, and I know God knows that I know. And I know that He knows that I know. He knows and I know that what I am doing is just flat-out rebellion. Which can be likened to witchcraft.

1Sa 15:23a For rebellion [is as] the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness [is as] iniquity and idolatry.

I don't mean I am using an Ouija Board, or a crystal ball. But what if I was not willing to wait on God. What if I sought Divine guidance, but was tired of waiting on the Divine? If I looked for the answer using this world's prevailing logic and wind-tossed "wisdom", would that be the same as divination?

The bible gives us several examples of the consequences when we "run" from God. One account is recorded in Psalms 38. It would appear that David is finally at his end;

v 2 "For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand presseth me sore."

v 4 "For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me."

Sounds like David can't "run", anymore. It is almost impossible to run with a burden to heavy, and God's hand pressing on you.


Pardon my rant. It's kind of rainy and gloomy today, and I didn't get a chance to run. I noticed this board hasn't been visited lately. Remember, Jonah ran and ended up tossed overboard and swallowed up by a great fish.

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