Flight… There’s Another Side!

Posted: March 12, 2014 in Podcasts, Who Is "me"...?

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Dan Chiasson said, “If you are made for flight, intended for it, you had better find a pursuer, fast. Otherwise, all that fleeing is going nowhere.”

How true was that for Jonah? All his attempts at fleeing went nowhere, just as it did for the Disciples who ran away, Easter, and Elijah.  Perhaps this is just one reason why we are commanded to be imitators of Jesus who never ran away and not any of them?

Yesterday i left it in such a way that one might conclude that I was against using flight as an acceptable option, so as to get out of circumstances. As with Jonah I too have found that things only get worse when i try to flee from things that come against me. As i thought on this i recalled a situation where flight was the right choice.

1 Samuel 19 shares the story which I’m only going to hit some highlights. Johnathan says, “My father Saul seeks to kill you. Therefore please be on your guard until morning, and stay in a secret place and hide:”

So David fled and escaped that night: David never returned to the palace until he was the king of Israel – some 20 years later! From now until the day Saul dies David lives as a fugitive.

Saul also sent messengers to David’s house to watch him and to kill him in the morning. And Michal, David’s wife, told him, saying, “If you do not save your life tonight, tomorrow you will be killed.” So Michal let David down through a window. And he went and fled and escaped.

David, pursued by Saul, flees to Naioth. David visits Samuel at Ramah. So David fled and escaped, and went to Samuel at Ramah, and told him all that Saul had done to him. And he and Samuel went and stayed in Naioth.

Here’s what i get from this… David did the right thing when in a difficult and confusing situation. He spent some time with a godly man. He took flight towards the Godly man. i can imagine David pouring out his heart to the prophet: “Samuel, you anointed me king and look what happened! I guess it isn’t time yet, but why is it so hard? Does God want me dead? Why is the Lord allowing this?”

The questions sound familiar right? But that’s not the lesson here. The lesson is… his flight took him to spend some time with a Godly man. He didn’t run to just anyone and more importantly he didn’t isolate himself. He didn’t go with the mind which presented the information, he went with his heart which is why God had selected him to eventually be the king. Mind, heart, heart mind? It’s both, each doing it’s part thus David did take Flight but it was led by the heart which would not allow him to just kill Saul and be done with it. 20 years David is a fugitive. He did not sacrifice what he wanted in the moment for his long-term hopes and dreams.

In closing… “After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him:” “I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.”

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