Every time I read the short little book of Jonah, I find myself caught up in the painful reality that I identify with him and his story. While I’ve yet to be swallowed by a whale or lose my mind over a wilting plant, I’ve often found myself struggling to understand the path God has set me on, and unfortunately, I’ve found myself running the opposite direction more times than I care to admit. Why would I run? Why would anyone run from the voice or the direction of a God who spans the ends of the earth? Someone who sees all and knows the end from the beginning? How do we logic through walking away from the call, the direction, the Word?
These are the questions I’ve been asking myself, seeking to understand the logic behind our desire for self—our … Read More »
Picture this. You wake up from a nap to find yourself caught in the middle of a crazy storm while you’re out at sea. Gigantic waves are crashing alongside the boat you’re in, and chaos is running rampant among your fellow sailors. Soon, your mates decide to throw you overboard into the water where a giant fish is waiting for you with its mouth wide open! Sounds terrifying, right? Well, that’s exactly what Jonah experienced after he bought his one-way ticket to Tarshish—his mind set on getting as far as he could get from God.
In Jonah 1:1, God told Jonah to take a trip over to Nineveh and warn the people that God would destroy their city in forty days if they didn’t change their sinful ways. But there was a problem. Jonah wasn’t too friendly with the Ninevites. … Read More »