‘Jonah’ is a new 9-week devotional series. Each week we’ll be studying a section of the book of Jonah and sharing some insights with you. We hope this series encourages you and helps you to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus (2 Peter 3:18).
(1) “The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: (2) “Go to the great city of Ninevah and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.”
(3) But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord.”
Jonah was faced with a seemingly insurmountable task. Ninevah had a reputation for wickedness (v3), and it was probably not the sort of place that he had envisioned for his next preaching assignment. Would it not be better to go to a city with more upright, amenable people who would respond better to his message? He was afraid of God’s calling on his life, believing that his own plan was better than God’s. And so he tried to do the impossible: to run away from the God who is everywhere.
Is there a direction in your life that God is calling you to? Perhaps you have been reluctant to follow His guidance because the circumstances are difficult and the challenge seems insurmountable. But if God has called you to a particular task, he will equip and sustain you, even during difficult times.
Lord, help me to see that my ways are not higher than your ways. In the face of uncertainty, I can be tempted to try to control my own life instead of relying on you. I do not know what the future holds, so help me to humbly trust in your provision and plans for my life. Amen.