Bible Reading: Jonah 1
Key Verse: Verse 3 – “But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.”
Key Words: But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD
I don’t mean to be sarcastic, but how does one flee from an omnipresent God? Where can you go where God ain’t?
Fast forward now. Jonah has gotten on a ship headed for Tarshish. God sends a storm. Jonah admits to the merchants on the ship that the storm is his fault and requests they throw him into the sea. They threw him overboard and Jonah finds himself in the belly of a whale. Jonah, at some point, had to at least think to himself, “Why did I do that?”
All of us, at some point in life, will be called upon to do something we are afraid to do.
Noah was told to build an ark, something never done before, could have easily produced fear, but Noah pressed on.
Abraham was told to leave his homeland going where? He didn’t know.
Naomi journeyed back to Israel from Moab.
David faced Goliath.
Jeremiah confronted the pivotal leaders of Israel.
Elisha was surrounded by the army of Syria.
The difference is these all faced their fears. Jonah ran from his.
Yes, the day will come, maybe more than once, that you will have to look at doing something fearful. At that point, either you will overcome the fear or surrender to it. You will still have to consider one more question, “Why did I do that?”
What to do:
✞ Remember, there is no fear as fearful as admitting to yourself that you’re a coward.
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