“Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the Lord. Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the Lord” (Jeremiah 23:24).
Grace and peace be unto you.
A Word of Encouragement…
Most of us will agree that God sees everything. Since God knows everything, I must ask the question, why do we do evil deeds? Perhaps in those moments we are consumed by the anticipated satisfaction from our evil desires to the extent that we forget about God or cannot hear his voice. The story is told that King Ahab and his wife Jezebel murdered their neighbor, Naboth to obtain his vineyard. But, when Ahab went to take possession of the vineyard, he was met by the prophet Elijah who had a Word from the Lord for him (1 Kings 21). God sees all our actions; nothing is hidden from him. The writer of Proverbs says, “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good” (Proverbs 15:3). Furthermore, he has a day of judgement for everyone (Acts 17:31).
Running away from our assignments
God chose you and I before the creation of the world to carry out his plan (Ephesians 1:4). Nonetheless, sometimes we do not agree with his plan and are reluctant to obey. Interestingly, he always has a strategy to redirect us to his plan. Jonah recorded that God told him to go and preach to the Ninevites and he did not want to obey, and so he ran away. However, he faced a life-threatening situation which motivated him to pray, repent, and promised God to obey him. God forgave him and he followed through with the assignment (Jonah 1-3). The psalmist says, “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there” (Psalm 139:7-8).
Perhaps you have been running away from something that God has told you to do. Well, you will not be at peace until it is done. The prophet Jeremiah wrote, “But if I say, I will not mention his word or speak anymore in his name, his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones” (Jeremiah 20:9). Hence, I encourage you to repent and obey God. It is always more pleasant and rewarding to obey.