Jonah 1:3 (NLT) But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the LORD. He went down to the port of Joppa, where he found a ship leaving for Tarshish. He bought a ticket and went on board, hoping to escape from the LORD by sailing to Tarshish.

Are you running in the direction that God is calling you to run or are you more like Jonah, running away and trying to escape from what God is calling you to do? We can learn a great deal from Jonah, a prophet of God who tried to run away from God’s call upon his life. You see, Jonah wasn’t pursuing God; rather, he was just running toward his own selfish desires, desires that led him nowhere quickly. Luckily for Jonah, God continued to pursue him and eventually got a hold of his life.

When Jonah decided to run away from God, he got himself into a whole lot of trouble (e.g. being thrown off a ship, swallowed by a huge fish, spit out of the fish onto a beach three days later, etc.) and all this trouble left him terrified and restless. However, the good news is that God never stopped pursuing him and he won’t stop pursuing you either. Eventually, God and Jonah’s relationship turned around for the better; however, there is one more thing that we can learn from Jonah’s story and that is: when we choose to run in the direction of God’s call in the first place, we usually don’t have to go through all the restless hardships that are associated with running away from God. If you’ve been running away from God, it’s time to turn back and experience a renewal and peace that only God can give.

QUESTION 1. Are you at peace with God (If not, why not)? Is there something you’re doing that God would not approve of (If so, what)?
QUESTION 2. When was the last time you sat down and had a real heart to heart talk with God?
CHALLENGE: We challenge you to stop running from God and start pursuing him with all your heart. God is already pursuing you and all you have to do is turn around before you end up like Jonah.
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