You can run, but you can’t hide

Blog series on Jonah: Week 1

As children we are told the story of Jonah and the whale. I was mesmerized by the ability for someone to live in a fish and then tell about it! As an adult I am moved by the compassion of our Father and His ability to use our mistakes to bring people to Him.

Jonah was a Hebrew prophet who was commissioned by God to go and preach to the ninevites.

Jonah despised Nineveh.

They were everything opposite of what he knew to be right. He did not believe they deserved a second chance.

We see right off the bat how Jonah responded.

“But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the lord. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. So he paid the fare and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the Lord.” Jonah 1:3

Jonah was the only prophet to attempt to run from God (Rough title to carry 🫣).

Twice it mentions Jonah’s movement away from the presence of the Lord.

The ship he boarded had a crew that was experienced at sea. When the great winds hurled and thrashed the ship about, they were greatly afraid.

In my mind I see these sea-men throwing everything off the ship in a panic in an attempt to make it lighter, and then one of the crew saying “Hey where is that Jonah guy we got roped into bringing? Why isn’t he out here calling out to His god”

They amended that real quick..haha

Once Jonah was awake they did something so odd. They sat down in the middle of a crazy storm to cast lots; I know weird.

During ancient times the lots were cast to seek divine will. In this instance they were trying to figure out who in the world was causing God to be so angry.

Our key verse is from proverbs for this reason. The second part of the verse points out “but it’s every decision is from the Lord”.

Sure enough Jonah is revealed to be the culprit. Boy did Jonah get some questions then! The ship crew became even more afraid. Even though Jonah instructed them to throw him overboard they still did not like the idea of murdering someone. They futilely worked to save the ship and ultimately followed Jonah’s request and threw him overboard.

We all know what happened next, the great whale swallowed him up!

Some key points I want us to take home.

The pagans of this ship respected the Lord. Yes they worshipped other Gods, but in their hearts knew there was something greater.

Despite the fact that Jonah was running in the opposite direction he claimed to worship the one true God, the one who created the seas and the wind. This is often true for many believers (myself included).

The coolest part happens at the end!

“Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows”Jona 1:16

AND MADE VOWS!

Ya’ll they repented and turned to the one true God! They witnessed a prophet of the Lord being overtly disobedient and then made the decision to follow Him. This is huge. We serve a mighty God full of grace and compassion. They witnessed the power of God. As soon as Jonah left, the seas calmed.

They didn’t let the actions of a human sway them; the power of the Lord was mightier than the disobedience of his prophet.

Have you left the presence of the Lord? Are you running from a calling He has on your life? It is not too late to turn and repent. God will use it all for good.

Dear God,

I needed to read Jonah. I needed to be reminded of the consequences of stepping outside of your calling. Thank you for bringing me back. Lord I pray for the reader who is running. You’ve called them to something incredible and they have let their own personal issues push them into disobedience. I pray they’ll turn before the consequences are so great that future generations are effected negatively. I do, however; praise you knowing that no matter what you will turn it to good. In the end, every knee will bow and every tongue confess that you are Lord. I pray all these things in Jesus name

Amen.

I encourage you to read Jonah chapter 1 for yourself.

Come back next week as dive into Chapter 2!

References

ESV study bible

John D. Hannah, “Jonah,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 1 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985)

One Reply to “You can run, but you can’t hide”

  1. I love reading your stories!! I love you for so many reasons, but most importantly, I love you for being a Godly woman and Mother, you are a blessing to many ❤

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