If you’ve been around this neck of the woods for very long, you’ll remember that on Wednesdays, my buddy Jason and I (and any of you that want to join in) are discussing Craig Groeschel’s book The Christian Atheist. We welcome you to stay and chat whether you’ve read the book or not because really, the topics are relevant to most of us. My contribution to the discussion is below. At the end, I’ll give you a little link where you can go back to Jason’s site to continue the discussion. Also, he’ll have a widget up at his site so that if you’ve written a post that’s on this topic, you can link it. Now, just to confuse you a little… Normally, I’d have a turn NEXT week to have the widget, but I’m going to be out of town the next couple of weeks and so the widget will be staying with Jason while I’m gone. But y’all make sure to come by and challenge him on these topics since I won’t be able to keep him on his toes!
And now, Chapter 8 – When You Believe in God but Still Worry All the Time
When I read this chapter, I felt a little convicted. No more convicted than with any other chapter, but definitely convicted.
Almost not expecting a response, I tossed my question at God.
“Lord, do I worry all the time?”
His answer was startling and immediate.
“No. You don’t worry because you run.”
I couldn’t deny the truth of God’s words. I know I’m guilty. If anything overwhelms me, frightens me, or challenges me, I hide from it, ignore it, or run from it.
In this chapter, Mr. Groeschel talks about worry as being a lack of faith in God and being a control issue. And I can see that it’s true even in the times I have worried in my own life. But I also see how the Spirit of Run and Hide in me is indicative of the same things.
There are a lot of small examples in my life. Money is tight and so when the bills come, I still them in the bottom of my purse—where I find them weeks later. Worry about them? Absolutely not! I just avoid them—and God’s provision—instead.
Sadly, I fall prey to the Spirit of Run and Hide in some of my relationships, too. Several years ago, I had a very moody and argumentative roommate. Instead of confronting her about issues or behaviors that arose in the house, I sought to avoid her at all costs. Eventually, it reached a boiling point and I had to leave to keep my sanity and my health intact.
When the Spirit of Run and Hide rises up inside of me, I take shelter anywhere I can find it:
- Social Media
- Substances (alcohol & pills)
I know there are times and place that we need to take shelter for safety and sanity’s sake. But when we choose the wrong shelter or we use a shelter to hide from God, we just hurt ourselves even more. We prolong our own agony. And the consequences are going to be compounded on the other side of the experience.
For me, my goal is to run to God as my shelter. I want to let Him be my refuge and strength and ever-present help in time of trouble.
Do you ever run and hide when you’re stressed, frightened, or overwhelmed? How can we learn to run to God instead of other people/things?
Remember to go by Jason’s site to continue the discussion! (And while you’re there, check out his new site! I think it’s pretty snazzy!)