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Running and Getting Nowhere

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the biggest runner. In fact, I’m not a runner at all. I know many people who enjoy running but I have never been that person. The type of running I want to talk about though is not a physical activity, it is a spiritual cover-up.

Too often I see people who try to run away from their problems. Perhaps they think a different location, a different relationship, or a different job will fix the deep-seeded problems they face on a daily basis. Even single time I’ve seen someone try to run away from the issues in their life, though, they fail. Every. Single. Time. They make have a brief respite from these difficulties, but they always come back to haunt them.

In the Bible we are given examples of many people who tried to run away from the problems they were facing. One of the greatest examples is found in the Gospel of John and it is  the Apostle Peter.

The Lord Jesus Christ had told the Apostle Peter that, during His trial and crucifixion, Peter would deny the Lord three times. Peter of course did not believe Jesus but in John 18 that very thing happens. Shortly after the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ we see Peter tell the others “I go a fishing.” (John 21:3) Peter was not just going for a relaxing day on the lake, he was going back to his old occupation as a commercial fisherman. His days as a preacher were over and he didn’t care who knew it.

After Peter and some other disciples fished for a whole night and were unsuccessful they came along the Lord standing on the side of the sea. Peter immediately recognized Jesus and went to Him. In the following verses we see the exchange between Peter who was running away from his failure and the Lord. At the end of the exchange we see Jesus’ command to the heartbroken and unsure Peter, “Follow me.” (John 21:19)

When we try to run from the issues of our life we are following our own path, not the Lord’s. Instead we should rely on His guidance to get us through the trial and teach us while we are struggling. Jesus Christ knew about Peter’s failures, yet He still wanted to use him. Our circumstance does not change with location, but God can change our circumstance if we follow and rely on Him.

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