Have you every run away from what the Lord wanted you to do in life? Like me, you have free will and we can choose to follow God or run from Him. What we don’t always understand is that God pursues us. God pursues not to harm us, but to draw us to himself. Sometimes that takes divine intervention on God’s part to guide us back on the right trail for our life.
In my own, life I wrestled with God when I felt He was calling me into full time ministry. It was like two gladiators that battled each day. This went on day after day for several months, until I gave in and followed what the Lord had for me. Years later, I am glad the Lord pursued me because it changed me for the better.
In our story about Jonah, the prophet to the Northern Kingdom of Israel, God had an assignment for him.
The Lord gave this message to Jonah son of Amittai: 2 “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh. Announce my judgment against it because I have seen how wicked its people are.” 3 But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord. He went down to the port of Joppa, where he found a ship leaving for Tarshish. He bought a ticket and went on board, hoping to escape from the Lord by sailing to Tarshish. Jonah 1:1-3
Maybe you are running from the Lord today, or maybe there was a time in your life where you ran from the Lord. Our Lord is a gracious God and only wants the best for you. Many times we need to depend on God’s strength to follow what the Lord has for us.
For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Phil. 4:13
To hear more about Jonah: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/series/journey-with-jonah-1/jonah-runs-away
Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Jonah 1:1-3, Phil. 4:13). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.