Direct disobedience to the Lord God; does not go well for the one disobeying. Normally, there are severe consequences put into motion. Let’s examine these verses to see what happened to Jonah.
- God asked Jonah to arise and go to Ninevah
- Instead of going to Ninevah, Jonah fled to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. He was God’s run away.
- God wasted no time in sending a great wind on the sea. The raging waters became so tumultuous, the ship was about to break up.
- Wishing to lighten the load, the mariners threw the cargo overboard.
- Jonah went down to the lower part of the ship and went to sleep.
- Captain asked Jonah to arise and call on His God.
- The men cast lots to determine Jonah’s sure fate.
- Jonah admitted his guilt.
- The ship’s crew asked, what shall we do with you Jonah?
- Jonah accepted his punishment and asked them to cast him into the sea.
Will you arise and obey God’s calling on your life? The first time Jonah arose; but in disobedience. The second time he was asked to arise; he had to face the consequences of his disobedience. We know the rest of the story. He was swallowed by a great fish. He began to cry out to God in the belly of that fish and God heard his prayer. Three days later; he was vomited out of the fish’s mouth. God asked Jonah a second time to arise and go to Ninevah. Surprise, surprise; He decided to obey and go!
Oh dear reader, we belong to the Lord. Why would we choose to run away from his calling on our lives? The consequences can be long and arduous. Let’s decide to obey the first time.
Prayer in Motion:
God, You are so faithful to me. You will not allow me to get away with disobedience. Thank You for loving me enough to chastise me when I need it. You are such a good and amazing God. Thank You Lord for always bring me back, when I try to run away. In Jesus Name. Amen