Jonah 1:1-3 (AMP) 1 Now the word of the Lord came to [a]Jonah son of Amittai, saying, 2 Arise, go to [b]Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim against it, for their wickedness has come up before Me. 3 But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from being in the presence of the Lord [as His prophet] and went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish [the most remote of the Phoenician trading places then known]. So he paid the appointed fare and went down into the ship to go with them to Tarshish from being in the presence of the Lord [as His servant and minister].
Jonah 1:17 (AMP) 17 Now the Lord had prepared and appointed a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
Jonah ran the exact opposite direction he was supposed to go. God was asking Jonah to do something and he ran. How often do we run from the will of God in our lives and find ourselves in the middle of the storms of life? Do not run from issues in life. Anywhere God has us in life He will give us the grace to be there. We will never know our spiritual maturity unless we are tested. God will lead us to difficult places at times so we can face ourselves and become who we need to become in Christ. If we continue to run from those difficult places we will never know the depth of our character.
No matter how much we run, God will not change His mind for our purpose. Don’t waste any more days of your life running from God. God will find us. There are many ways we run from God. One way we run is by making excuses for not doing something. We have all kinds of different excuses, we have to work, family, etc. We don’t want to ignore other things in life to do things for God, but we don’t want to avoid following God’s will for us because of our excuses. God knows if we are trying to get out of something.
Galatians 5:13 (AMP) 13 For you, brethren, were [indeed] called to freedom; only [do not let your] freedom be an incentive to your flesh and an opportunity or excuse [for [a]selfishness], but through love you should serve one another.
If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God letting Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:
Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen