FRIDAY, JULY 13
“He said to them, “Pick me up and throw me into the sea. Then the sea will become calm for you, for I know that on account of me this great storm has come upon you.” However, the men rowed desperately to return to land but they could not, for the sea was becoming even stormier against them.”
Jonah 1:12-13 NASB
ON THE RUN: RUNNING IS FUTILE
There’s a story about a fellow who suddenly left a discussion group at a Bible Study quite disgusted, slamming the door after him. One person trying to relieve the tension, remarked, “Well, he’s gone.” To this the hostess replied, “No, he isn’t. That’s a closet!”
Jonah thought he was running away for God’s plan, but he was really running into a closet. The only way out was to turn around and go to Nineveh. The men thought they could row their way out, but the only way out of the storm was God’s way. The storm wasn’t God’s punishment. The storm was God’s intervention. God was intervening to show His mercy to a nation that desperately needed to be changed and to a prophet who needed a reminder that God is infinitely merciful.
You may tell yourself that you are trying to run away from God, but running is always a dead end. Running from God is exhausting. It’s like rowing in a storm that keeps getting stronger. Living in our own strength is draining. God pursues us because He loves us. Hebrews 12:6 reminds us that, “For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines.” If you have been running, stop and rest in Him. Thank God for loving you enough to chase you down when you are apt to run from His will.