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

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

Or it might sound like, “That doesn’t sound like any fun at all” or “I don’t have the time to do that.”

But when it comes to God’s call, let’s remember it is not all about “me.” It is all about God and what God wants. 

I have reacted like Jonah on occasion during my ministry. Years ago, I stopped doing ministry as a full-time calling so I could pursue a new avenue: teaching computer science.

It was something I wanted to do, and I was good at it — but it wasn’t what God wanted me to do. God wouldn’t let go. He used several different people and circumstances to get my attention and I returned to full-time ministry.

You see, God’s will is going to be accomplished. I would encourage any who would attempt to run and hide from God to not bother. If God really wants you to do something, you will eventually recognize he has called you for a special purpose. 

Different people react differently when they hear God’s call. If you are a person like Jonah, you might want to run. But remember, if you must run, don’t run away from God; run toward him.

The Rev. Mark Broadhead is Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church of Crestview's pastor.

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