Sermon "Skill in Your Hand & God in Your Heart"

Friday, July 20, 2018

Are You Still Running From God?

If you will, read this passage, Psalm 139:1-18, then I'll share a few thoughts. It's fairly long. But God's word is always worth the read.

"O Lord , you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord . You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand! I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there. If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me. 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. You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!"

Now meditate on that for a moment....just let that quench your thirsty soul....

So....Have you ever seen a momma chasing a toddler across a parking lot? You ever been that momma chasing a toddler across a parking lot? You know, one of those energetic toddlers who thinks it's a game; they are smiling and giggling, but the momma has that terrified "Aw Lawd, my baby!" look on her face. Just when she almost reaches that arm to grab it, the toddler cuts like an NFL running back, and off again they go. That momma will twist her ankles twenty times in those heels, sweat off a face full of make-up, even mess up that good do she just got done, all in the pursuit of her child.

The answer is probably obvious, but I will ask the question anyway. Why does the momma do that? Why so persistent in her  pursuit?

Well, when you read those verses from Psalm 139, you will see that God is just as persistent in His pursuit of us. No matter where we are or where we go,  God is there. When we sit down and when we stand up; when we travel and when we rest. From the very moment we started being formed in the womb, to the very day we are laid in our grave; every day, every place...God is there.

Now of course that passage is used to point to God's divine quality of being omnipresent,  that is present everywhere at the same time. But, I also think the heart of the passage is much deeper. I think it shows that God is not just present everywhere, like water is everywhere if you're stranded in the middle of the ocean. But, I think it shows God's willful and purposeful intent to be where you are.  He wants us to be close to Him, but our natural tendency does not desire the same. So He comes to us before we ever have sense enough to go to Him.

So it's like that mother, running across that parking lot, God chases us because we don't have the sense to know what seems fun is so very dangerous. And He does it for the same reason that mother would.....Because He loves you!

Are you still running from God? If so, then today is a great day to stop. Tomorrow may never come. God loves you.

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