“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)
Have you ever tried to run away from God’s call on your life? Even though Jonah was not in a good place spiritually, God still called him. By inviting him to do ministry, God was giving Jonah a chance to begin again. Unfortunately, it was not a chance he wanted at the time. Instead of heading into what we know today as Iraq, Jonah left the Middle East for Spain. God wanted him to go east, but Jonah headed in the opposite direction. The Lord wanted to use him on land, but he wanted a cruise. Ever been there?
How often this story hits home for all of us. God initiates us to be involved in His work and we actively avoid Him, almost like the plague. What was going through Jonah’s head that he would think he could actually get out of God’s plan? Apparently, his thinking was messed up, too. In fact, anytime we run from God’s call on our life, it just reveals how messed up our thinking has become. Here’s a key principle to remember: “Wrong Thinking Leads to Wrong Doing.”
Today, instead of running ahead or for that matter away, what are you thinking about the Lord? Do you see Him as a party crasher and plan destroyer? Are you thinking, “If I don’t talk to Him, maybe He won’t notice me?” Almost like children, many of us cover our eyes, thinking we can’t be seen. God knows exactly where you are today. There’s nothing about you that is hidden from His sight. And by the way, even if you are out of fellowship with Him, like Jonah, you know His voice and can sense His call on your life right now. The real question is: Are you a man on the run or a man running with the Lord? Choose the latter…it will save you “cruise fair.”
“Dear Jesus, I don’t want to be a runner in the wrong direction today. Show me the next steps and I will follow. Amen.”