Prodigals cannot get away from God: you can trust in that.
There are too many promises about God’s relentless pursuit to be in disbelief about His intentions.
Psalm 139 almost makes me giggle—it sounds like a prodigal being whiny with God because he/she cannot hide from God anywhere.
Where can I go from Your 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.
If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me.
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,”
Even the night shall be light about me;
Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,
But the night shines as the day;
The darkness and the light are both alike to You (vv. 7-12).
And there are others that are very clear:
- “For there is not a word on my tongue,
But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether” (Psalm 139:4).
- “Then I said, ‘I will not make mention of Him,
Nor speak anymore in His name.’
But His word was in my heart like a burning fire
Shut up in my bones;
I was weary of holding it back,
And I could not” (Jeremiah 20:9).
- “‘Return, O backsliding children,’ says the Lord; ‘for I am married to you’” (Jeremiah 3:14).
- “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11).
God even knows their very thoughts:
- “Yet you know me, Lord; you see me and test my thoughts about you” (Jeremiah 12:3).
- “But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, ‘Why do you think evil in your hearts?”
- “The Lord knows the thoughts of man, That they are futile” (Psalm 94:11).
All of this is true, “For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you'” (Hebrews 13:5).
Jeremiah 23:24 puts it this way: “‘Can anyone hide himself in secret places, So I shall not see him?’ says the LORD; ‘Do I not fill heaven and earth?’ says the LORD.”
And because God, Jehovah Shammah, is always there, prodigals do not have far to go to find Him. They just have to “feel after him” (Acts 17:27 KJV).
Thank You, loving Lord!