So I’ve been thinking about this today, well honestly perhaps the past 3 hours….
Nonetheless, it’s a very interesting thought.
Are you Jonah?
Now stop and consider the question. if you know Biblical history you may know where I am going with this.
For those of you who don’t know about Jonah, please let me give you a short summary.
Jonah was a prophet for Israel during the old testament times.
(More than 2400 years ago)
Jonah did what prophets do best, give the people of Israel (Jews, Hebrews, children of Abraham) God’s word.
It’s like this, God would speak in visions and dreams to the prophets and the prophets would obtain an understanding of what they were supposed to say and do. The prophet would then act on these things according to God’s commands because it came from God. Why would you not obey Him?
Well one day God gave Jonah a message to go to some really dark and evil kingdom and tell the people to turn to God and behave.
-off topic, if you’ve seen the VeggieTales versions, slapping people with fish is hilarious. –
But Jonah did not want to go.
The kingdom was the Assyrian empire, and the people God wanted to give the opportunity to repent were the people of Nineveh. The capital.
Now this is the significance of this.
In the Old testament God showed Israel favor above all other nations. God would bless nations through Israel. God would also destroy nations that were corrupt through Israel.
Where God could have came down with a hammer and judged this evil capital, He didn’t.
He got ahold of a guy He knew, Jonah, and gave him a message.
The message was clear.
Nineveh, repent, and you will be spared. If not you, I, the God of Heaven, will judge you. I will destroy you and wipe your evil off of the earth.
Jonah sat there… and became
. He was so upset that God would offer evil people who did wrong a chance for repentance.
He blatantly told God, “I won’t go tell them, let them die” by his actions.
Jonah, this prophet, this man of God, ran from his duty.
Trying to get away from Nineveh he set sail on a boat that ended up in a storm.
In that storm the sailors were giving up hope. Finally news breaks out that Jonah is the reason for the storm.
The storm that the people around Jonah, and he himself, suffered from was caused by God’s anger against Jonah’s disobedience.
Disobedience caused Jonah to then realize he needed to sacrifice his life to save the sailors.
So they threw him overboard.
A big fish swallowed Jonah whole.
Then after 3 days in the fish Jonah finally surrendered. He told God that if he got out he would tell Nineveh to repent.
The fish shot the poor guy out and on to dry land.
Jonah then went on to tell Nineveh to repent… but he secretly hoped they wouldn’t because he wanted to see them be judged.
A harsh ending…. but let’s focus on the real question I have for you.
Are you Jonah? Are you running from God doing your own thing when you know God has called/is calling you somewhere?
Maybe you are. Be careful. If God wants you to do something He can be supremely persistent. You can follow or you can suffer whatever consequences might come about.
If God wants you somewhere you should follow.