Friday: 13th July, 2018
Reference: Matthew 10:16-23
Matthew 10:23 But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.
In your opinion, which of these make a better boxer- the one who throws the most punches with the hope that they will be successful in landing a few hits on their opponents, or the one who bides their time before throwing any punches so as not to waste many? Or in another scenario, which of these is stronger: the one who can stand toe to toe and fight off 20 assailants or the one who chooses to run away?
In the words of Jesus: ‘when you are persecuted in one town, FLEE to the next’. There is emphasis on fleeing because it is a decision that has to be intentionally. Running and Fleeing all involve similar kind of motion, only that whereas running can be a sport or a hobby, any one who flees does not do so for the fun of it, because the decision to flee is often with the intention of preserving life.
When faced with choices to make, we consider a number of factors before deciding and often, one option that we feel isn’t worth considering is the option that prompts us to run away. This is often the case because we have been taught growing up that ‘only cowards run away’. My dear, even though those words hold some amount of truth in specific settings, there are other circumstances within which they have to be ignored.
God is the one sustaining our lives, but in certain moments, he puts the responsibility into our hands, and gives clear instructions to flee, not only from the physical loss of our lives, but spiritual too. Beloved, many of the occasions that call for us to flee are not the time to sit back and weigh our options because they are big moments that can have significant impact on our lives.
Remember # don’t push your luck or bide your time when you should be FLEEING, just do it.