You Cannot Outrun God
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Jonah 1:1-3 (NIV):
1 The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: 2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.” 3 But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish.
The historical tale of Jonah is one that even most non-church goers are at least vaguely familiar with. God gives Jonah a calling to the people of Ninevah, but Jonah initially decided to run from his calling.
How often do we still have our Jonah moments today? I know that I have certainly emulated Jonah’s attitude a time or two in my life. This author used the United States Air Force as his “Jonah’s ship” to run from the Lord. However, no matter how far you run, you simply cannot outrun God.
4 Then the Lord sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up.
…7 Then the sailors said to each other, “Come, let us cast lots to find out who is responsible for this calamity.” They cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah. 8 So they asked him, “Tell us, who is responsible for making all this trouble for us?
&hellip9 He answered, “I am a Hebrew and I worship the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.”
10 This terrified them and they asked, “What have you done?” (They knew he was running away from the Lord, because he had already told them so.)
Just like God sent a storm after Jonah, God will use the manner of His choosing to attempt to get your attention and focus back on Him and His calling for you.
Are you hiding or running from God? The sea of life will flow much smoother if you will just lay down your pride and accept the Lord’s Will and calling for you.
7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? – Psalm 139:7 (NIV)