I think we’ve pretty much ‘finished’ 2 Corinthians for the time being, so today we’re moving to Jonah (as it seemed like the book God was calling me to). — This is what god gave me today in His word:
Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before me.” But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. So he paid the fare and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the LORD. (Jonah 1:1-3)
Now, I know we often ‘mock’ Jonah for running from God. After all, wasn’t it clear to him that you can’t possibly run from God and be running straight into some disaster? Yet, really, how many of us have boarded ships going in the wrong direction? How many of us have paid a fare in order to try to drown out God’s voice? The reality, of course, is all of us. All of us attempted to avoid God’s plan for us, and we do that by paying the “fare” of sin. When we hop into the boat bound for Hell, God, being the loving Father that He is, sends a storm to force us to jump from whatever sin we’re riding on… Straight into His hands (i.e. the belly of a whale).
Let’s look at what exactly has happened so far in the story:
- God tells Jonah to go to Nineveh and “call out against it. “
- Jonah responds by paying a ‘fare’ to board a ship headed to Tarshish; away from God’s presence.
Perhaps we’ve never been called to call out against a city… Or even a town, village, building, or for that matter an anthill. But, God does call us to do things all the time, even if we don’t always hear His actual voice. God loves to talk to His children, through His written word, the Bible. God tells us not to get drunk, yet if we do anyway, we’re no better off than Jonah, or anyone else for that matter. If God tells us not to get angry, and yet we get angry anyway, it’s the same as if we’d paid the fare (of a stained conscience) and boarded the ship headed away from God ourselves. Thus the vital importance of finding God’s will for ourselves ever-day in His word, and rather more importantly, doing what He wants us to do.
Yes, going to Nineveh is a scary prospect, one, in fact, we’re too afraid to do by ourselves. Which is why God will, when He asks us to do something, always provide a whale! Or, in today’s language, He’ll always give us the strength to accomplish the task He’s set for us, whatever that may be.
The point being this: let’s obey what God wants us to do, not run from it.
You are Loved!