There is an old story in the business community that goes like this:
Two guys were hiking through a jungle in Africa, when they heard a lion roaring near by.
One of the guys reaches for his backpack and grabs a pair of running shoes. As he removes his hiking boots and puts on the running shoes the second guy asks “Do you expect to run faster than the lion just because you have those shoes?”
The first guy replies “I don’t need to run faster than the lion, I just need to run faster than you.”
Obviously the business application of the story is about competition, and competitive advantage.
But I want to talk about “fleeing”.
Fleeing is rarely considered a noble reaction. We are frequently challenged to fight, to overcome.
The Bible has a lot of examples like that. Probably the best known is the message from God to Joshua:
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
Most of the times in the Bible the word “flee” is used it has a negative connotation.
But I can find three things in the Bible that we are told to flee. Situations when fleeing is the right thing to do:
– “Flee from sexual immorality” I Corinthians 6:18
– “Flee from idolatry” I Corinthians 10:14
– “Flee from greed” 1 Timothy 6:11
Have you thought about that?
We are told to resist the devil, but we are told to flee those things.
“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
How powerful can those be in our lives that God tell us to not even try to fight them?
The command is clear: run away from it… look the other way… do not put yourself in a position you may be tempted by one of those.
We could spend quite some time discussing each one of those, but you know better which one is more attractive to you, so you can keep distance from it.
Put on your running shoes and flee from it (there is an obvious difference here compared to the story in the beginning of this text: if you have a friend with you in a situation that requires fleeing, you may want to consider helping him flee with you, instead of leaving him behind).