Good morning to this new week 46 of 2022
Last weekend we were reminded of some amazing stories of prophets. Lots of emphasis was on their worst and not their best moments. In new terms it sometimes seems as if they were ghosting …
Ghosting the act or practice of abruptly cutting off all contact with someone usually without explanation by no longer accepting or responding to phone calls, instant messages.
Moses, having killed the Egyptian guard did a disappearing act to Midian. Pharaoh heard about the killing and Moses thought it provident to become a missing person. This might be described as ‘crime flight’.
Elijah, too did the disappearing act after he had won the great victory over the false prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel when, as told Queen Jezebel put a price on his head. He too thought it was a good idea to become a missing person, although he’d just called down fire from heaven to prove God’s power and disprove any power of Baal. This might be described as ‘fear flight’.
Jonah did the disappearing act rather than go and confront the people of Ninevah about their impending destruction unless they repented. He jumped board ship to become a missing person where he eventually ended up inside a great fish, and was vomited out and went preaching. This might be described as ‘conviction flight’.
Jesus told the story of the Prodigal son in Luke 15. This young man asked for his inheritance and disappeared to a far country where he lost the lot, but became a missing person to his family. When he came to his senses and returned, to his surprise a great party was organised, but his elder brother was not a little miffed as he’d never been given a similar celebration. This might be described as ‘family flight’.
The Apostle Paul too did a disappearing act. In his letter to the Christians in Galatia (Galatians 2 verses 16-23) he disappeared for three years, during which the Lord communed with him. No one is quite sure how this worked out, for as a missing person he might have lived a hermit-type of existence, or found some other situation. What we do know is that “after this period”, Paul led what became the expansion of the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world. This might be described as ‘divine flight’.
In the United Kingdom around 600 people will have got up this morning, decided to walk out the front door and simply disappear. While many of those people who go missing later return, or eventually get in touch with family.
How many of us ghost God? How many of us never communicate with Him when we are in the good times? How many of us never communicate with Him when the going gets bad? Or when the state of our lives when nothing is going on? How many of us ignore God altogether? God speaks. He speaks to his people, and sometimes we can be so preoccupied that we miss it. So, I’ve got a couple of challenges for us today when God is trying to communicate with His people. Here’s the first challenge: Don’t ghost God. Don’t be the kind of person that just blows off the text or doesn’t return the phone calls when God is reaching out to us and God is trying to get our attention because in the Old Testament, God often tries to get the attention of his people through a prophet.
And most of all, don’t skip the still, Small Voice of God after the wind, the fire and the earthquake.
Wishing a great start to this new week!