You can run but you cannot Hide…..
Jonah was given a ministry to perform but his desires and pride got in the way. He thought he knew more than our God and that the people he was being asked to minister to were too sinful to be saved. He saw them as the scum of the earth rather than lost sheep as our Lord saw them. He tried to run from the Lord but quickly learned that it is impossible to do so.
You can run but you cannot hide from the Lord! Just ask Jonah.
Jonah 1:1-4 “The word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai saying, Arise, go to Nineveh the great city and cry against it, for their wickedness has come up before Me. BUT JONAH rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. So he went down to Joppa, found a ship which was going to Tarshish, paid the fare and went down into it to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. The Lord hurled a great wind on the sea and there was a great storm on the sea so that the ship was about to break up.
Jonah 1:17 “And the Lord appointed a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the stomach of the fish three days and three nights.
Jonah learned it’s never too late to repent. But like me and many of you I am sure, Jonah waited until his trials forced him to repent and do it God’s way. When was the last time you said; ‘not my will Lord, but your will be done’?
Jonah 2:1 “Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the stomach of the fish.”
We now see him turning to God. Remember, it is never too late to do so. It’s never too late to surrender your life to serving God.
Jonah 2:9a “But I will sacrifice to You with the voice of thanksgiving…”
Jonah 3:3a “So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh according to the word of the Lord.”
Isn’t it great how long suffering and patient our God is? As with Jonah, God waits on us to commit to Him and His service.
Have a great day in the service of the King and please do not wait to be nudged or you may be swallowed or………..