Tempted to Run – Part 3: “O That I Had the Wings of a Dove!”
“I said, ‘O that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.’” (Psalm 55:6 (NIV)
After telling God about the torment he was going through, which had been compounded by the betrayal of someone close to him, the Psalmist David expressed a longing to escape from his suffering. “O that I had the wings of a dove!” he cried out, in his desire to be at rest and to find shelter “from the tempest and storm.” He is not the only servant of God ever to have felt that.
When we become Christians, we become more open and vulnerable to others because of our desire to imitate Christ, who is “meek and lowly of spirit.” That makes us more of a target for the enemy of our souls, who tries to exploit our sensitivity by using disappointments and pressure, the backstabbing of people we have trusted and who end up breaking our hearts, to tempt us to run away. Many saints have at some point in their lives wanted to scream, “Do you know what I’d like to do? I’d like to get out of town! I’m done with this! I can’t endure what I’m going through. I can’t put up with folks I’ve trusted who are now fussing and hurting me!” Satan works overtime to try and make us run from the place where God has put us. But where are we going to run? No matter where we attempt to flee, we have to bring ourselves; and if the problem is in our hearts, we’ll have the issue wherever we end up! The bottom line is that we can’t run away from the calling on our lives, from the responsibility he has given us, or from the place where he’s asked us to stand for him. Running away solves nothing; it only creates a bigger problem.
This Psalm is in the Bible because the Lord knew what we would go through in our marriages, with our children, with other relatives, in our jobs, in school, and in ministry. And he encourages us with the words of the Psalmist, who said, “As for me, I call to God, and the Lord saves me… he rescues me unharmed from the battle waged against me…” (vv. 16-18). What a change of heart! God had encouraged David, who then decided, “No, I’m not going to run!” No matter what you’re going through today, you need to say the same. Remember: it’s always too soon to quit! He will rescue you from the battle waged against you, just as he rescued David.
To be continued…