Jonah – Running From GodSelections from Jonah 1

The word of the LORD came to Jonah son of Amittai: “Get up! Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because their wickedness has come up before Me.” However, Jonah got up to flee to Tarshish away from the LORD’s presence. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish…. Then the LORD hurled a violent wind onto the sea, and such a violent storm came up on the sea that the ship threatened to break apart…. They said to him, “What should we do to you to calm this sea that’s against us?”… He answered them, “Pick me up and throw me into the sea so that it may quiet down for you, for I know I’m to blame for this violent storm that’s against you.”

Street preaching has never been an easy job, and anyone who is called to it must come equipped with a thick-skinned hide for unholy accusations and feet that are able to stand toe-to-toe with the nastiest dissenters. But when Jonah got the call, his feet just weren’t in it.

Jonah ran into some stiff head winds during his flight from God’s orders. That’s because God’s mercy and love don’t always dress in their nicest clothes. Sometimes God loves us as he did Jonah – with hardship. He knows that his plans hold our only hope for joy and fulfillment. He further knows that when our own plans dwindle into disarray, we will turn to him with a passion we might never have known had it not been for his love showing up in a less than a favorable light – and making everything make sense again.

Look At It This Way …

After you give yourself to the Lord, he begins to break what is offered to him. Everything seems to go wrong, and you protest and find fault with the ways of God. But to stay there is to be no more than just a broken vessel – no good for the world, because you have gone too far for the world to use you, and no good for God either, because you have not gone far enough for him to use you. You are out of gear with the world, and you have a controversy with God. This is the tragedy of many a child of God. My giving of myself to the Lord must be an initial fundamental act. Then, day by day, I must go on giving to him, not finding fault with his use of me, but accepting with praise even what the flesh finds hard. I am the Lord’s, and now I no longer reckon myself to be my own, but acknowledge in everything His ownership and authority. That is the attitude God delights in, and to maintain it is true consecration. May we always be possessed by the consciousness that we are not our own.

A Final Thought:

Your struggle probably is not with running from God but with not knowing exactly where he’s wanting you to be.
  • Keep praying.
  • Keep listening.
  • Keep doing faithfully the things you do know.
Have a Fantastic Week!!

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