(Psalms 139:7-12) Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. If I say, "Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night," even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.
(Hebrews 4:13-16) And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
The Psalmist says that there is nowhere you can go where the Lord is not already there. No matter how high, how deep, or how fast you go, He is right there with you. If you try to hide or are so buried in guilt, sin, or distractions, He is with you. This can be disturbing if you are trying to escape or hide from Him. You can usually find solitude and privacy from people around you when you want to; but from God there is no hiding, there is no solitude, there is no privacy. He knows where you are, what you are doing, and your innermost thoughts and feelings all the time.
As disturbing as this principle can be when you are rebelling and running from God or trying to hide from Him or pretend He is not there, it can be far more comforting when you are cooperating with Him. The all powerful, all knowing, sovereign creator of the universe not only knows everything about you at all times, but He understands. He understands because He has been there. He has personally experienced every struggle and every temptation that you have ever experienced; and He was successful in resisting it and not sinning. In this you can and should take great comfort. He has the winning combination of knowledge, power, and understanding to take you through anything you are experiencing in the absolute best way possible; that's comforting!
If you will go to Him and cooperate with Him, He will successfully take you through any difficulty or challenge you will ever face. He will not only get you through but He will take you through it and assure that the path and the result are the best for you.
Questions For Discussion
- Why would you ever want to run from God or hide from Him?
- Why is the fact that Jesus has experienced the difficulties you experience so important?
- What is the difference between getting you through something and taking you through it?