Jonah the “Maniac”
This morning I sat reading the story of Jonah.
As I read, I wondered “what exactly was wrong with Jonah?”
Jonah 1:3 – 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.
Why did he do this?
God even disciplined him the first time (Jonah 1:4, 1:17)
4 But the Lord hurled a powerful wind over the sea, causing a violent storm that threatened to break the ship apart
17 [a]Now the Lord had arranged for a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was inside the fish for three days and three nights.
What is this man’s problem? Why isn’t he listening? Why is he running?
Ok cool, then he repents (Jonah 2:1,10)
2 [a]Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from inside the fish.
10 Then the Lord ordered the fish to spit Jonah out onto the beach.
But then, I giggled and thought..
Are we not like Jonah?
Am I not like Jonah?
In fact, I am.
In and out of sin. Running. Hiding.
But I don’t want the belt (the belt is my way of referring to discipline from God). I really don’t want the belt. Then again, I don’t realize how real the belt actually is and how inevitable it is as long as I continue to run, hide and disobey God.
I read Jonah’s story and quickly started judging him. Only to realize, his actions mirror ours. We need to take a step back and “judge” ourselves first. Before looking left and right yelling, he’s a sinner, she’s a sinner, that boy curses or this girl is promiscuous.
Handle your own!
Deal with your own first!
Run back to God. Stop running from Him.
It’s tough, it definitely is, but continuously seeking Him allows everything to fall into place as it should.
He’s waiting for you and I to give up on our sin. Let’s not be “Jonah’s”.
You got a message from God? Listen. Don’t be like Jonah.
Have a blessed day!! <30