Scripture Reading: Jonah 1:1-3
“But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish front he presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. So he paid the fare and went on board, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the Lord.” (Jonah 1:3)
Jonah had a problem with the mission God had given him to accomplish. So, what was his response? He attempted to flee from the presence of the Lord. This fact was stated twice in verse 3. What was Jonah thinking? He certainly knew better. No one can flee from the presence of the Lord. God is omnipresent! “Where shall I go from Your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from Your presence?” (Psalm 139:7). Read the rest of Psalm 139. There is no place that we can go to flee from the presence of the Lord! Yet, Jonah took off to board a ship so that he could run away from the presence of the Lord.
Jonah’s reals problem was that he did not trust God. We all fail to trust God at times throughout our lives. We question God. We fail to trust Him. We think we know better than God knows. We may even attempt to flee from Him or from His call upon our lives. How foolish of us when we do these things!
Jonah was in rebellion against God. He went the opposite direction from where God told him to go. He was to go north to Nineveh; instead he went south to Joppa in hopes of boarding a ship that would take him as far away from the presence of the Lord as possible.
Let’s face it. Mistrusting God and rebelling against Him lead to disastrous consequences, as we will see in Jonah’s life. God is all wise. He knows what is best for us. We have to trust Him, even if we do not like what He brings in our lives, or if we do not understand what He is doing. God is sovereign and He has a plan for each of us. Our job is to trust Him and to do what He asks us to do.
Sovereign Lord, You are omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent. Where can I flee from Your presence? Why should I want to flee from Your presence? Forgive me when I fail to trust You. Forgive me when I attempt to run from You and from Your call upon my life. I bow before Your sovereign presence in my life and I yield to Your will for me this day.
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