When we overlook our relationship with God or get caught up in worshipping false idols, such as money, work, or sex, then our soul dries out like sponge and our spirit becomes parched. We know that something is missing, we think that if we change the circumstances that we’ll be fulfilled. This is only partially true; for we can’t run away from ourselves, and we can’t run away from God. David was certainly aware of this truth even in the midst of his own desire to run away from his troubles.

Where can I go from spirit?
Or where can I flee from your presence?
If I ascend into heaven, you are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, you are there.
(Psalm 139:7-8)

No, we cannot run from God, not forever, and certainly not for long if we want to know peace in our hearts and purpose in our steps. We must spend time alone with Him, seeking His wisdom and allowing Him to speak to us in His time. The things that we often put before Him are for us to use and enjoy within the context of His blessing and instruction.

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