No Running, Please
Running from God is never a good idea, but for whatever reason, we all seem to find ourselves there at one time or another. That was certainly the case with Jonah. He gets clear direction from God--go to Nineveh and tell the people they need to repent or the city will be overthrown. Simple enough, but Jonah doesn't like God's instruction. So he goes the opposite direction in an attempt to flee from the presence of the Lord (Jonah 1:3).
Well, you know what happens next, a storm comes up, Jonah is thrown overboard and then swallowed by a big fish. He spends three days and nights in the fish's belly where he finally comes to his senses. Jonah 2:7 says "When my life was fainting away, I remembered the Lord, and my prayer came to you. . ."
So what did Jonah show you about human nature? What did you learn about running away from God and how will you use that information going forward? Tami W.
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