'The Word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time.' Jonah 3:1 NIV
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... hmmm... escalated 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 God’s command, do you reckon he saw the whole ragingstorm–overboard–bellyofawhale chain of events coming? When you say ‘no’ to God, it might seem like a simple act in the moment. You might hope that’s the end of it. But hiding from God takes you to places (even if they’re only in your mind) that you wouldn’t have gone before, and you lose the path into God’s best for you. Jonah saw all this happen to him—pity it had to happen from the belly of a great 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 simply speaks again. What can we learn from this? No matter how far gone you feel you are, God will speak again and again to you. If you’re burying your head with shame, dare a glance back at Him. He won’t have gone purple with rage. Chances are He’ll love that you’ve turned to Him. Try to run from Him once, He’s willing to take your shame away. Try it twice, He’s willing to take your shame away. Three times, and it goes on... If you think God may have said something to you that you’ve rejected, ask Him to ask you again today.
SoulFood: Judg 19:16-21:25, Matt 13:10-23, Ps 128, Prov 13:17-19
word4U2day (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by UCB Australia. 2015 UCB International Ltd