Ocean Mist

24 Jun 2009

When God Runs

Posted by Phil

A local radio station recently discussed the song by Phillips, Craig & Dean titled “When God Ran”. Our reaction to the title is one of resistance; God never runs. We may run away from Him, but He is a constant.12

running-signHe certainly never runs in battle. As Gideon prepared to attack the Midianites, God took a losing battle of 30,000 Israeli troops vs. 135,000 Midianite troops3 and made it a massacre situation by reducing Israel’s forces down to 300 men.4 God used these low odds to show that He doesn’t run and that Israel could not have obtained victory without Him.

So when does God run? Moving past the title of the song, the lyrics go on to refer to the famous Prodigal Son parable. But in that parable, I thought it was the son that ran, and not the father. At the beginning, yes, but let’s take a look at what happens when the son returns home. We pick up at Luke 15:17-20:

“When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.’ So he got up and went to his father.
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

The father was so filled with compassion that he ran to greet his previously ungrateful, arrogant, greedy son and to welcome him home. God behaves the same way. When we go to Him dirty and disgusting there is no resentment in His eyes, no ambivalence in His tone, and no look of “I told you so” on His face. God loves us so much that when we are just a figure on the horizon He can’t wait to help us the rest of the way home.

  1. Malachi 3:6 []
  2. James 1:17 []
  3. Judges 8:10 []
  4. Judges 7 []

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