Jonah said a quick no to God. And days later, he allowed several incensed sailors to chuck him over the side of their boat and into a raging sea. That situation escalated really quickly.
The thing about running from your mistakes is that the consequences have a nasty habit of blowing way out of proportion. When Jonah turned his back on Gods command, do you reckon he saw the whole ragingstormoverboardbellyofawhale chain of events coming?
When you say no to God, it might seem like a simple act in the moment. You might hope thats the end of it. But hiding from God takes you to places that you wouldnt have gone before (even if theyre only in your mind), and you lose the path into Gods best for you. Jonah saw all this happen to him pity it had to happen from the belly of a fish.
And then Jonah 3:1 happens. In his regret, Jonah dares to glance back at God, and the whale vomits him up on the shore. There, God speaks again.
What can we learn from this? No matter how far gone you feel you are, God will speak to you again and again. If youre burying your head with shame, dare a glance back at Him. Chances are Hell love that youve turned to Him. Try to run from Him once, Hes willing to take your shame away. Try it twice, Hes willing to take your shame away. Three times, and it goes on...
So what now? If you think God may have said something to you that youve rejected, ask Him to ask you again today.
Soulfood : Judg 19:16 -21:25, Matt 13:10-23, Ps 128, Prov 13:17-19