Jonah the Runaway

Dear God
Dear God

a light in the darkness
Obedience better than sacrifice
God Listens
God Listens

 

 

He restores us
Living water flows

 

 

He chooses
He calls

Jonah.

Scripture

One day the [Lord] told Jonah, the son of Amittai, to go to the great city of Nineveh and say to the people, “The [Lord] has seen your terrible sins you are doomed!” Instead, Jonah ran from the [Lord]. (Jon 1:1-3a  CEV).

Prayer

Father we thank You for Your Word, and Your hidden Truths, whichYou desire to reveal to us. Make us sensitive to Your leading. Open our ears, to hear that which Your Spirit wishes to teach and tell us. Open our eyes to daily seek Your face. Direct also our steps, to walk in Your Way. Give us the understanding of the learned. Your Wisdom is also our urgent request and prayer of our hearts. We ask this in Jesus Name Amen!

The Run Away

Not the run away bride, rather the run away prophet.

Just briefly, on reading the opening chapter, we find the Lord called  Jonah to go to Nineveh. Yet we see Jonah, buy a ticket to go in the opposite direction. He had been unwilling to go to a nation or people who are at enmity with Israel. The Lord gives the instructions, but sometimes; like Jonah, we may run away from the Lord’s instruction in His Word.

For the Lord knows His plans He has for us (see Jer 29:11-13). These plans are for our success; not to cause us to fail. He also will finish, complete the work which He started, within us. Sometimes we follow our own ideas, plans instead of His plans. Then as Jonah we tend to do an escape act, ie we run from Him.

Yet God is always Faithful and True, to His Word. He does not  always let us go. He is patient and longsuffering, towards us. It’s not His will that any should perish. For our Lord; does not take pleasure, or delight in the death of the sinner, the wicked. He wishes every person to have a chance, to repentance, to hear the Good News of the Kingdom. He gives every chance for sinful man, the sinner, mankind, to receive His mercy, forgiveness and Salvation.

Now the Lord gave Jonah, the instruction to go to Nineveh. For Nineveh’s sin was so great, that it came up to the heavens. We know God is Holy, Righteous, hates mans sins, yet loves the sinner. Because of God’s Holiness, sin cannot be allowed in God’s Holy Presence. For the wages of sin is death, yet the Free Gift of God is Eternal Life.  Due to their sin been so great, it would lead them to destruction. Nineveh was on the highway of death’s destruction, because of sin’s dictatorship.

Storms of Life

But Jonah had been unwilling. He decided to go in the opposite direction. The Lord has a way of bringing us back to His original plan. Because of his unwillingness, the Lord, brought about a storm. Sometimes the storms of life, may come and we need to be aware, of these storms. It might be the Lord bringing us back to our original instructions.

Yet the Lord, is willing to be patient,  bringing us  back to His original plan. This does not mean, He brings us into condemnation; instead He did not come into the world, to condemn the world; rather that we would be saved. Yet because of our own plans, we may miss God’s plan for us; (ie God’s plan for our lives).

We are encouraged from Scripture; to commit our plans to the Lord. We are to first seek  the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness, and all these things, shall be added to us (Mt 6:33 NKJ). We’re to roll our works unto the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause our thoughts to become agreeable  to His will, and] so shall our plans be established (see Pr 16:3 Amp). When we delight ourselves in the Lord, He will give us the desires of our heart. Commit our way to the Lord, trust in Him and He shall bring it to pass (see Ps37:4-5 NKJ).

Obviously Jonah did not heed the Lord, and went his own way. Often when the Lord’s call rests on us we try to sherk the responsiblity, given us. We run away and as Moses, we may tell the Lord to use some one else. Yet as Jeremiah, there remains a burning, a yearning in our hearts to fulfill God’s plan. We believe and feel there is a greater responsibility, there is more to life; than just being here.

God places those desires in our hearts. For every person has that deep yearning, searching to do something with their life. God gives everybody a purpose, for their life. We only have one life on this earth, we are to use it wisely. Every person, man or woman; boy or girl has a purpose for living.

My eye is upon you
I counsel you

Sometimes the storms of life throw us a curved ball. We may be at the receiving end of that ball. I like what some one said; if or when life gives us lemons, let’s add sugar, and make lemonade. When a ball player receives a curved ball, he either stops it, then tries to make a score, try or a goal, or he stops it, then defends his tems game. He may also be injured, lie down defeated, or despite the setbacks, gets back on his feet, then tries again.

Ever watched a child learn to walk? I’ve had the privelege of raising two. I’ve seen them crawl, fall, stand up  and then walk again. I don’t pride myself in being the world’s best father, but through God’s Grace; I’ve the privelege of being a father.  Often I’d also messed up, made mistakes, fallen down, then through God’s Grace, been able stand up and to carry on again.

Count the Cost

Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the fishes belly. And he said: “I cried out to the Lord because of my affliction and He answered me.” (Jon 2:1-2 NKJ).

And he said to them, “Pick me up and throw me into the sea; then the sea will become calm for you. For I know this great tempest is because of me.” (Jon 1:12 NKJ).

Jonah knew  he had been the cause of the storm. The decisions we made; have consequences. We need to face them, whether good or bad. This often may lead us to count the costs. The Lord tells us, we are to count the cost. There is a price to be paid. He also  reminds us: –

When a developer plans on building a tower, or works on a new development. He first sits down, counts the cost. Then makes sure he has sufficient, to complete the task on hand. Even so, when we heed the Lord’s instructions, we need to count the cost. We ‘re to be sure we”re able to pay the price. There are certain consequences involved, when we make any decisions. Therefore we need to be sure we clearly hear;  be sensitive to our Lord’s leading and prompting,  through His Spirit then obey the instruction He has given us.

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7 thoughts on “Jonah the Runaway

  1. Jonah? Coincidence ? All week I have been doing Jonah. I use a wooden clothes pin and glue a little cartoon whale I have drawn on it. I cut it down the middle so when you press the clothespin open the whale’s mouth opens and you see Jonah ! My pastor likes to distributes little fun items now and then to tie in with the sermon. She saw my sample and now I am making about 80 of them to hand out when she does a Jonah sermon. Thanks visit my blog and it is good to know another person of faith. Happy New Year.

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    1. Bro thnx stx for your comment on Jonah. I greatly appreciate it. I would like to invite you as a guest blogger for my blog http://ian@fertiileground.wordpresss.com.
      The Lord bless you & keep u, & make His Face shine upon u & give u His Peace!
      Shalom!
      “the Whole Word for the whole word”
      “Use ev’ry available means for the furtherance of God’s Kingdom”
      In His Service
      Ian R Lottering
      Blog? Website: – https://www.ian@fertiileground.wordpress.com

      ps:// Just to say I really enjoye your blog, your sense of humor & your making an uncompromised stand for the Gospel of the Kingdom! May our Lord bless & increase u in due course. For the work which He’s started in u He shall bring to completion; until the day of Jesus Christ.
      In Him
      Ian R Lottering
      dd new year 2016

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  2. Thank you Ian and Joan , touching hearts with God’s Love is our focus too and yes I agree very much, we are Christs Body, His arms, hands, feet and voice, to reach out to a hurting world and He has gifted us so we can, we lack nothing .

    Will we always be appreciated, Jesus tells us just as it was for Him, it will be the same for us, some will hate us, even in our own families, we will be rejected, slandered, persecuted, ignored but regardless of what man does to our bodies, He will protect our souls and Spiritually we will rise up on wings like eagles, we will ran and not be weary, we will walk and not be faint, meaning we will walk as He walks in Love and righteousness …. we will have deep inner Joy as we reach out in His name, that nothing will dampen. We will plant seeds for the Kingdom that will bear good fruit in fertile ground that others will water and our Abba Father will reap a plentiful harvest.

    Christian Love dear Brother and Sister in The Lord and many blessings to you both and those you Love.

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    1. Praise God I am a Born Again Believer in Christ. The Lord saved me at an early tender age of thirteen. I have ministered . preached the Word in open air, ministered among the african peoples of South Africa (Pretoria). I had been involved with ministry among the indian people of Laudium Pretoria South Africa. I have also been deacon & usher at two different fellowships. Helped with some church plants.
      The Lord showed me a vision of all nations nationalities creed and colour crying out for Jesus. I had been involved with Lewende Woord Brummeria, Light of the Nations etc.
      The Lord tells us the whole earth is to be filled with His Glory. I feel we are heading toward that season. I believe our Lord would have us take possession of the land until He comes. Let us build the Kingdom of God together, using every available means for the furtherance of the Gospel. Thus my slogan the whole Word for the whole world; & the whole world for the whole Word.
      Our Lord needs us to help build His Kingdom.
      He is still Gracious, Merciful, Loving and Forgiving. I believe it is time for us to take back that which belongs to the Lord. For ev’ry knee shall bow, ev’ry tongue confess Jesus Christ is Lord.
      Together in The Lord’s Harvest
      Ian & Joan Lottering
      http://ian@fertiileground.wordpress.com
      The Lord”s preparing to break up the fallow ground of our heart. When the Seed (Word) falls upon the fertile ground of our hearts, it shall produce, some 30-fold, some 60-fold yes e’en up to 100-fold. Let us arise and build. Unless the Lord builds His house they labour in vain who do.

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