Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Can Jonah get away from God? #BibleBee

      In Jonah 1:10 it says,"...For the men knew he had fled from the presence of The Lord."  Can Jonah really get away from God? Let's see what God's Word has to say about the subject.

"And they heard the voice of The Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day and Adam and His wife hid themselves from the presence of The Lord God amongst the trees of the garden."
Genesis 3:8
      Adam and Eve attempted to hide from God just like Jonah but God knew where they were even as he asked in Genesis 3:9 "...Where art thou?"

"And Cain went out from the presence of The Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod on the east of Eden."
Genesis 4:16
       This verse shows how sin separates us from God. Being out of the presence of The Lord is a distressing punishment. This verse is not saying that Cain went somewhere where God wasn't. Rather it shows that when we choose to live a sinful life we are separating ourselves from the blessings of being in communion with God.

"Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is hight, I cannot attain unto it. Whither shall I go from Thy Spirit? or whither shall I flee from Thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, Thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall Thy hand lead me, and Thy right hand shall hold me." Psalm 139:6-10
      God is everywhere. He is in heaven and hell, in the sea and dry land. He is with us whether we live in America or some island off of Asia. If we try to flee from Him, He is simply and effortlessly in our hiding place. If we come to Him and call out to Him, He is there to listen.

"Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?
It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know?
The measure thereof if longer than the earth, and broader than the sea. If he cut off , and shut up, or gather together, then who can hinder him?
For he knoweth vain men: he seeth wickedness also; will he not then consider it?" 
Job 11:7-11
      Here, Zophar explains to Job that God is everywhere. But we in it of ourselves cannot find Him. We will never fully understand God. His wonders and mysteries surpass even our wildest imaginations. God's omnipresence and omnipotence is unfathomable and awesome to the human mind. 

"Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for The Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest." 
Joshua 1:9
      We don't have to be afraid because God is with us wherever we are. This is a short yet very comforting and profound verse. We don't need to worry. We can be confident in Him.

"And thou shalt eat before The Lord thy God, in the place which He shall choose to place His name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the Lord thy God always."
Deuteronomy 14:23
      God is with us and everything we do we do in His presence. He is constantly watching us, not in a creepy stalker way, but in a caring fatherly way.

"His lightnings enlightened the world: the earth saw, and trembled.
The hills melted like wax at the presence of The Lord, at the presence of The Lord of the whole earth. The heavens declare His righteousness, and all the people see His glory."
Psalm 97:4-6
      God's creation declares His righteousness and we know that our great God is the creator and Lord of the whole earth.

"And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever."
John 14:16
      Our Comforter, the Holy Spirit, forever, wherever we go!
"For David speaketh concerning Him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for He is on my right hand that I should not be moved;"
Acts 2:25
      David knew that God was always with him. He was helping Him to stand strong and not be moved, just as he does for us, and all who believe in Him. He is always with us to help us through all aspects of our lives.

"remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father."
1 Thessalonians 1:3
      Paul knew that God was looking down on them and saw all that they were doing. He saw their unceasing service to Him and He also saw when they made mistakes. He sees every action we take. We must always remember to act as though Jesus were standing right in front of us watching us, because he practically is!

      Many people are not in fellowship with God and are therefore not filled with the Holy Spirit, but this does not mean God cannot see and hear them, it simply means their hearts are currently hardened against Him. So to some it all up no matter where Jonah went God would be there. He couldn't "get away" from God.