Flee! by Randy Rowley 5/11/15 ©


Five friends and I headed to the Y.O. Ranch near Junction for a weekend FCS hog hunt on a Friday in early May.  After we arrived, we set up camp, checked the feeders and stands, baited a stand, cooked dinner, and ate.  Then we headed to our chosen stands.

None of us saw any pigs on the first night, but that changed the following morning.  About 5:45 AM, while it was still very dark, a probable 200+ pound boar came out from behind a large cedar tree around eight yards from the bow stand that Tim Price and I were sitting in.  The boar moved cautiously and slowly.  It stopped for a few seconds and looked around. It then slowly turned around and looked in the direction from which he had come. He gave us the impression that he was the lead pig for a herd and was about to tell the others that the coast was clear.

I could have taken him easily, as I had my full choked Browning Gold Hunter 12 gauge shotgun with a 3-inch chamber stuffed with 00 buckshot stuck out of the window and shouldered.  But I waited because Tim’s rifle was leaning in the corner of the stand and I hoped that we both would both have an opportunity to take a pig.  Plus, we hadn’t discussed what we would do if only one pig showed up.

Suddenly, the hog bolted like he was shot from a cannon back the way he had come.  I fired a shot but probably shot behind him as the cedar tree prevented me from swinging ahead of him, and there was no squeal or blood.

It’s a mystery as to why the pig bolted, as he couldn’t see us in the dark stand, we were as quiet as the grave, and the wind was blowing his scent into us.  Our theory is he must have smelled Tim’s scent in the grass when he walked to the feeder earlier to turn on my red feeder light.

Preachers and teachers don’t often discuss the topic of fleeing temptation in our pulpits or Bible study classrooms.  Instead, they teach us to resist Satan, as James and Paul firmly command us to do so.  James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves, then, to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”  Ephesians 6:13 (NLT) says, “Use every piece of God’s armor to resist the enemy in the time of evil, so that after the battle you will still be standing firm.”

But there are three situations in which we are urged not to resist – instead, we’re admonished to flee.  The temptations that Satan throws at us that we must flee are sexual immorality, idolatry (putting anything in our lives above God), and the love of money.  1 Corinthians 6:18a says, “Flee from sexual immorality.”  2 Timothy 2:22a says, “Flee the evil desires of youth.”  “The evil desires of youth” means sexual immorality.”  1 Corinthians 10:14 says, “Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry.”  1 Timothy 6:11a says, “But you, man of God, flee from all this.”  “All this” means the love of money.

Paul didn’t tell the Corinthians and Timothy to fight sexual immorality, idolatry, and the love of money when they were stronger and could take another crack at it.  Instead, he told them to flee – run away.

Fleeing from sexual immorality is more difficult for us men as we are aroused primarily by our sense of sight.  And, unfortunately, there are plenty of beautiful, scantily clad women for us to be tempted by in every institution in America, including, sadly, our churches and other bodies of believers.  I have sometimes had to turn my head while worshiping in church to avoid looking at women dressed more suitably for nightclubs than houses of worship.

Genesis 39:6-12 is an excellent example of how to flee.  It tells the story of Joseph and Potiphar’s wife.  Joseph was a Hebrew slave who Potiphar (his master) had put in charge of his household and everything he owned.  Potiphar’s wife lusted after Joseph and tried to seduce him, but he spurned her advances.  One day, Joseph went into Potiphar’s house to attend to his duties and found himself alone with her.  She yet again tried to seduce him, and he responded by fleeing.

Fleeing from idolatry is a tough row to hoe for most Christians.  We tend to idolize so many things – our spouses, homes, cars, boats, guns, etc.  But getting down to brass tacks, we idolize because we demand to be the captains of our ships and don’t surrender to Jesus to be the Lord of our lives.  We’re fine with Jesus being our Savior but are reluctant to trust him to be our Lord.  The problem is we can’t have one without the other.  They’re a package deal.  Either we accept him as our Savior and our Lord or not at all.

We’re just like the Israelites.  Judges 21:25 (NLT) says, “In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.”  But there are penalties for doing what is right in our own eyes.  Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.”  Solomon was not discussing physical death; instead, he talked about spiritual death – separation from God for all eternity.

When we’re our king and lord, when we have not died to self, and when we do what is right in our own eyes, then we have no room for God.  Instead of captaining our ship, we are to “Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 (NASB).)  Unfortunately, most of us have to fail miserably and fall on our faces a few times before we repent and let go and let God.”

Fleeing from the love of money is also tough for most Christians because, as the saying goes, “Money makes the world go round.”  We must have money to meet our needs.  Many of us have a problem with money because it’s hard to distinguish between needs and wants.  It’s easy for us to have an attitude of “we live to make money” instead of “we need money to live.”

1 Timothy 6:10 (ISV) says, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.  Some people, in their eagerness to get rich, have wandered away from the faith and caused themselves a lot of pain.”  Money in itself is not a root of all kinds of evil.  Instead, it is loving money more than God that is a root of all kinds of evil.  And it’s from that love that we must flee.

Just as that boar survived by getting the heck out of Dodge when he sensed danger, we must be just as fast in fleeing sexual immorality, idolatry, and the love of money.

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