Meandering Through The Bible

I was starting to read Jonah, and all of this other Scripture started coming to mind. I don’t know if the flow of it will make sense or not. It may only to me. But it’s still Scripture, so hopefully somebody will get something out of it.

Jonah immediately tried to run away from the Lord by going to Tarshish.
Jonah 1:3 (GW-all)

Where can I go ⌊to get away⌋ from your Spirit?
Where can I run ⌊to get away⌋ from you?
Psalm 139:7

If I climb upward on the rays of the morning sun
⌊or⌋ land on the most distant shore of the sea where the sun sets,
10 even there your hand would guide me
and your right hand would hold on to me.*
Psalm 139:9-10

*This is a good and comforting thing, not a scary thing. God isn’t following us to pounce on every mistake. (Also see the star below.)

I always do my best to have a clear conscience in the sight of God and people.
Acts 24:16

Examine me, O God, and know my mind.
Test me, and know my thoughts.
24 See whether I am on an evil path.
Then lead me on the everlasting path.
Psalm 139:23-24

Having a clear conscience is from living a holy life in the sight of God and other people. We have to be careful not to reason ourselves into a good conscience. It’s only God’s truth as we know it that determines if our conscience is clear. We need God to keep refining our knowledge of truth, and keep praying Psalm 139:23-24. Living with a clear conscience is a more restful way to live instead of trying to outrun (or outsmart [Gal 6:7 ?]) God.

On a tangent, if I haven’t already gone on one, is that I’ve never liked the idea of ‘accountability partners’. We are always accountable to God! First and foremost. If we need to confess our sins to each other and pray for each other (James 5:16), that’s great. If we’re deep in some sort of sin, we need to confide in someone wise who can guide us, so that we can really deal with it.

We need to live our lives as though God is always there with us–which He is, even if we ignore him (Romans 6:8). But not wracked with shame or unhealthy guilt. It’s a nice place to be, living comfortably with God and what He gives us, even though we mess up regularly and life gets difficult.

*“Come to me, all who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. 29 Place my yoke over your shoulders, and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble. Then you will find rest for yourselves 30 because my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30

3 Responses to “Meandering Through The Bible”


  1. 1 Aimee Byrd

    I’m not big on accountability partners either. I think that a lot of manipulation happens there. And it leads to false thinking that we are in control of things.

  2. 2 Scripture Zealot

    Thinking that we’re in control isn’t an angle I had thought of. Another reason not to like it. Thanks for commenting.

    Nicodem, please don’t use this blog so you don’t read the Bible. Please just start out with one paragraph a day. Thanks for visiting.
    Jeff

  3. 3 Nicodem

    It’s great that someone want to write quotes from Bible. I haven’t time to read all Bible and i can hear learn more here:)

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