“But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord.” (Jonah 1:3)
Jonah: Running From God’s Calling
There may have been times in your life where you may have felt like Jonah. You may have felt like running away from your God-given mandate thinking that this will solve your problems. But, when God assigns a mission to you, He grants you the grace, tenacity, and fortitude to complete the assignment at hand.
In Jonah 1:2, God gave Jonah a specific assignment and mandate, “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before Me.” Nineveh was the mission, Jonah was the chosen vessel to be used by God to carry out His message. Nineveh in those days was corrupt and as the Bible declares, wicked. God assigned Jonah to carry out this mission to deliver His Word to the people of Nineveh.
The mission is not about you, it’s about the people attached to your obedience. His harvest is initiated and seeded through your obedience. You may be tempted to quit or run away from the course, but I want to encourage you, God has equipped you with His Grace to finish what He has designed and destined for you to specifically achieve.
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)
Prayer: Lord, heal my heart. Turn my footsteps. Grant me the grace to turn around and to complete the assignment that you’ve given me.
God Sent The Storm
“Then the Lord sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up.” (Jonah 1:4)
You may have thought you’ve turned and run away from God’s presence (which is impossible) but He’s calling you back to accept and embrace your call. It’s your choice to choose to embrace your call or to run away. In Jonah’s decision to run away, The Lord sent the wind and caused a turbulent environment during his departure.
Are you experiencing turbulence in your life? The turbulence you may be experiencing could be a result of your disobedience. Simply repent, embrace the original assignment and go forward in peace. The spiritual turmoil you’re feeling could be the Holy Spirit convicting you, prompting you to turn around. The emotional, financial, physical and even mental turbulence you’re facing could be a sign to redirect your affairs and actions. Simply repent, come back to Christ and do what He is calling you to do.
Disobedience Derails Destiny
“Pick me up and throw me into the sea,” he replied, “and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you.” (Jonah 1:12)
Jonah asked to be thrown off the boat in order to ease the turbulence. Your disobedience impacts you and others around you. Disobedience is selfish, prideful and wicked. It’s selfish because you’re disregarding what God wants you to do and you’re choosing personal satisfaction rather than embracing God’s Will.
Disobedience is a derivative of and laced in pride because you’re choosing to elevate your actions, decisions, thoughts, patterns and ways to higher heights greater than God’s plan. You’re esteeming your preference over God’s Mandate. You have a choice to repent. I’m standing in faith and interceding for you, that as you read these words that God will turn your heart.
Prayer: Lord, grant me the strength to overcome fear and execute Your Will in faith. Lord, grant me the wisdom to go forward and to conquer and overthrow every mountain in my way.
God Prepared The Fish
“Now the Lord provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.” (Jonah 1:17)
Even in Jonah’s disobedience, God prepared a fish to preserve Jonah. God did not leave Jonah out in the sea to die. God will not leave you at sea to die. He’s calling for you to make a decision. Your fish may not look like the fish God prepared for Jonah, it may come in another form. God may have told you to start a business or to write a book or build out a ministry. Out of your fear, disobedience or discomfort, you chose to run away from your call and you’ve settled for something else. So as you wait in the belly of your fish, contemplating on your next steps, God is giving you time to repent and the opportunity to answer the call.
On Dry Land
“And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.” (Jonah 2:10)
It was when Jonah prayed and repented that, “the Lord spake unto the fish.” Only God can speak to your season and cause it to come to an end. It’s your choice. Choose to obey Christ.