FROM THE PULPIT: Learn from Jonah and live God’s will

Published: Monday, August 19, 2013 at 06:46 PM.

When Jonah heard this, he not only said, “No!” he said, “Heck no!” You see, Jonah had a deep-seated anger toward the Ninevites.

Jonah refused to see the big picture. He ran, not because of personal danger. Rather, he ran from his calling, his vocation, as a prophet of God. He ran because of a conflict of wills and purpose. God wanted to redeem the people. Jonah wanted to see the people destroyed. Jonah wanted God on his side, and God wasn’t.

Even if we try to run from God — physically, emotionally or spiritually — God still knows who we are and where we are.

Yes, we can pretend to ignore God, but we are never out of his presence.

As Paul reminds us in Acts 17:28, “In him we live and move and have our being.” God is at the very root of our existence.

When God calls people to do something for him, some folks react like Jonah. They attempt to run and hide.

Their reasoning is like Jonah’s: “I don’t like that person and I want nothing to do with them.” 

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