You can run, but you can’t hide

2 Samuel 20:20-22 20 “Far be it from me!” Joab replied, “Far be it from me to swallow up or destroy! 21 That is not the case. A man named Sheba son of Bicri, from the hill country of Ephraim, has lifted up his hand against the king, against David. Hand over this one man, and I’ll withdraw from the city.” The woman said to Joab, “His head will be thrown to you from the wall.” 22 Then the woman went to all the people with her wise advice, and they cut off the head of Sheba son of Bicri and threw it to Joab. So he sounded the trumpet, and his men dispersed from the city, each returning to his home. And Joab went back to the king in Jerusalem.

Remember when you were a kid and you played hide n seek?  I do.  Sometimes you could find a really good hiding space.  I can still remember some of the best places to hide in my parent’s house.  But there were some pretty lousy hiding spots too.  These were mostly taken by rookie hide n seekers.  Doesn’t everyone know to look under the kitchen table?  It’s just obvious.

Enough about hide n seek; let’s talk about Sheba.  He chose a pretty lousy hiding spot, too.  He tried messing with the king and then ran away and hid in a village.  But a woman of that village was loyal to the king and had his head cut off.  This is the problem with hiding from justice; it just doesn’t work.  There is no good hiding spot, because God happens to be able to see and know all things.  Hiding from Him is quite ineffective.

I wonder what would have happened if Sheba had asked to repent to the king?  I wonder if the outcome would have been different if he embraced surrender, repentance, and service.  What if he would have committed to serving the king for the rest of his life?  We have the same opportunity.  Because we are guilty, justice will find us… and it will affect us both in this life and the life to come.  But we don’t have to run away.  Instead, we can embrace surrender to the King.  Instead, we can let repentance be the cry of our heart.  And we can choose to serve the King with our whole lives.  This is the path to freedom.  It is the path of humbly running to the King rather than foolishly thinking we can run away and hide.

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