May 31 Devotional

Jonah 1: 1-3  Jonah Flees the Presence of the Lord
1 Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before me.” 3 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.
Have you ever been where we find Jonah at today?  Having a great ministry and love for the Lord only for Him to ask you to do something for Him that you really don’t want to do?  So we like Jonah, tend to flee the Presence of the Lord.  As we continue to read thru Jonah, we find the Lord pursues Jonah. In fact, he makes life miserable for not only Jonah but for those who Jonah is hanging out with at the time.  The Lord will pursue us as well, maybe not to the extremes that He did to Jonah but God loves us too much to let us just go away.  This should be very encouraging to the child of God today, knowing that no matter what we struggle with God will be there.  We can also be encouraged to know that God has a plan and purpose for our life just as he did with Jonah.  And yes, that plan and purpose may include a few things that we really do not want to do!  But remember, God’s plan in sending his son Jesus to die for your sins and mine.  Jesus asked for the cup to be taken from Him but Jesus did not flee the Presence of the Father.  He prayed not His will but the Father’s.  Let Jesus be our example in all things, especially those things we really do not want to do.

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