No Trivial Pursuit

Psalm 139:1-18

 We’ve been talking about the mystery of God during the month of October. Most mysteries by nature are elusive and evade the human seeking to solve them. They lurk in the shadows and move away when pursued.

 Some people tend to see God in that way. However, the Bible tells us that God is actually seeking us.

 God pursued Moses when he was in the desert tending his sheep by speaking to him in a burning bush. He pursued Jonah who was trying to escape from Him all the way to the belly of a great fish. He sent His Son, Jesus to redeem (or buy back) us while we were still sinners according to Romans 5:8. Hosea puts it this way, “the more I called Israel, the further they went from me”

 So as the avid mystery reader does not give up on finding the key to the mystery, neither does God give up on His pursuit of us.

What 3 tracking skills helps God pursue us?

    God knows us

    He can see in the darkness

    He is everywhere

1. HE KNOWS US

A tracker needs to know something about the people he is tracking. The more the tracker knows about the person, the more likely he is to catch up with them.

If that’s the case, God has a huge advantage in that area…because He made us. He knows us better than we know ourselves.

Now, hopefully we don’t think we can put on disguises and try to hide from God by going to another part of the country like we would a police detective…or do we?

When you are away at school or away from the supervision of the boss, do you act differently? Do you think no one will know or see? Isn’t that a form of hiding from God? God is still pursuing whether we acknowledge it or not.

Do you ever find yourself doing any of theses things in order to get away from God?

            Not attending church

            Avoiding Christians

            Not reading your Bible

            Staying too busy to think about Him

 

Sometimes our fears drive us away from God. He knows our hearts and He continues to find ways to speak to us if we will listen.

In the midst of the mystery of God, we can be consoled by the fact that we are not a mystery to Him. He knows us so well that He knows what we are going to say before we say it.

Is there anywhere we can go to escape God? Not according to this Psalm.

 

2. GOD CAN SEE IN THE DARKNESS

Sometimes we think we can hide in the dark of night; but the Scripture tells us that even the darkness is not dark to God. There is no difference between day and night with God.

There is nowhere we can go that God is not there.


3. HE IS EVERYWHERE

God’s ultimate tracking tool is the fact that He is present everywhere.

Many ancient civilizations thought God was only present in the mountains, not in the valleys. But David said in Psalm 23, that God is present even in the valleys.

God is also present throughout the earth. In Jonah’s day, it was the common belief that each country had it’s own god and he was only present in that country. Jonah may have thought that God only hung around Israel, so he fled the country.

David recognized that God was without geographical limitation. He was even beyond this earth.


If you truly believed that you could not escape God, how would if affect the way you live your life?  I would:

            Be more faithful in church attendance

            Read my Bible more

            Be more responsible with the way I treat others

            Give up some secret sins

            Feel more secure

            I believe that already, so I wouldn’t change anything

We need to trust that the God who pursues us is seeking our good. He does not pursue us to take away our freedom, but to hold us and guide us in a life that is filled with many dangers.

Stop running from God and trust Him.

It should be comforting to know that you are never beyond God’s grasp.

He loves you enough to seek you, to share His love with you, and to set you free to live an abundant life according to John 10:10.