Read Jonah 2:1-10 (inspired by Our Daily Bread)
Since about 1991 when i caught my first drug charge, i’ve been literally on the run. For many of years i had been looking over my shoulder for the law. At times, especially when i was on out on parole or probation or out on bonds & chose to buck to go on the run i was very paranoid & fearful as i ducked & dodge daily to avoid doing the right thing for me, my family & those around me by turning myself in to the law & life into God.
Since 2012 when i gave my life to Christ i was on a different kind of run. For the beginning years of my now Christian life i often ran from things i knew God was calling me to do & or face or confess. i didn’t want to do it for many reasons such as fear, indifferences, bitterness, selfishness, pride, hate etc. And so i was pretty much on the run again, but this time from God & i was surely looking over my shoulder as the Holy Spirit was convicting me.
The prophet Jonah is infamous for literally running from God’s assignment to preach to the city of Nineveh (Jonah1:1-3). But of course, he couldn’t outrun God. U probably know what happened. A storm, a fish swallowing & in the belly of the beast a reckoning in which Jonah faced what he’d done & cried to God for help.
Jonah wasn’t a perfect prophet. But i take comfort in his remarkable testimony, because even despite Jonah’s stubbornness, God never let go of him. The Lord still answered the man’s desperate prayer, gracious restoring His reluctant servant just as He does w/us.
What, if any are u running away from? Bring the pressures that overwhelm u to God. Love & God bless all!!
Davin L. Wallace