Hi everyone, Rob here.
“There is no escape.” This was the thought that came to me as I reflected on some poor choices that a person I know was making. There is no escape from the fallenness of this world, from our choices, from our wounds or from God. I find it illuminating that after Adam and Eve sinned their instinct was to hide when God showed up. Fear of the consequences is ingrained in us. Kids seldom own up to their crimes because they hate getting into trouble. When things go wrong for us we tend to blame, avoid, deny, distract and so on. But let me tell you; the world is rigged. There is no escape and let me also tell you that is a very good thing.
Throughout the Old Testament God is often described as “our refuge, ” as in Psalm 46:1:
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
The Israelites had special places where those who had killed someone accidentally could flee and gain refuge until a proper trial could be held. But here the Psalmist says that God himself is our refuge. So often we go through life feeling accused or guilty or shamed and we need refuge from those feelings. If we don’t take them to God, who is our refuge, then we’ll either try to outrun them, drown them or deny them. It can’t be done. There is no escape.
There is the illusion of escape of course and the illusion can be very convincing. The industries of porn, alcohol, self-help, diets and even religion have made themselves very rich out of selling illusions. But the thrill of the affair will pass, the hangover will linger, the diet will be broken and the self-serving prayers won’t be answered. God has rigged the world. There is no escape. We are made to live our lives dependent on, trusting in and bathed in the goodness of God himself. Genesis also makes it clear that we are never acting on our own. Satan is always right there feeding the lie that God is not to be trusted and the best way is our way, which is actually his way. Satan is always trying to deflate God’s importance in our eyes and inflate our own.
Here’s the twist. Satan makes God out to be a prison guard who is holding us back from a life of freedom and joy. “There is no escape” then becomes a noose around our neck. We slowly come to believe that God is someone we need to escape from when we’re in trouble instead of someone to run to. God isn’t a prison guard. He is our Father. He holds us tight when we need to be comforted, set free to run at just the right time, disciplined when we need to be trained and brought up to bear the family likeness and take on the characteristics of the Father. Within the Father’s love is freedom and you can’t escape from freedom unless you become a slave. He even shows us how to live in his love by sending his Son, Jesus, who shows the Father in every way and gives his life up for us so that we share in his eternal life in the Father’s kingdom.
Here’s how it works then. Trying to run from God has the effect of tightening a noose around us until we can’t move anymore. Running to God has the effect of shedding every burden, loosening every bind and becoming free. So come to the Father and the Son as the Spirit leads. Make your confession, vent your frustrations, express your desires, open your heart, shed your tears, make your pain known. He loves you and he will lead you into the freedom and life your heart desires and we all know you can’t escape freedom.