Jonah 1: 1-3 The Lord gave this message to Jonah son of Amittai: “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh. Announce my judgment against it because I have seen how wicked its people are.”
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.
Hoping to escape from the Lord by sailing to Tarshish is where we begin this story. A story of a man who God sends on a mission to Nineveh but the man disagrees with God and decides to flee. I don’t know about you, but like Jonah, there have been times in my life that I have encountered this God that at times I didn’t quite understand or even agree with. The God who when I want to take matters in my hands He says “stand still”.
There are many a times when life seems like a dark tunnel and you cannot see where God is leading. At times it gets so quiet that you don’t even know whether He is still there with you, sometimes life seems so surreal to understand what God is doing or what He wants with you. Many at times Jonah Chapter one seems like the wisest thing to do.
Experience shows that running from God has its own repercussions. That’s where many of us find ourselves in chapter two of the book of Jonah. The place where life really happens to us. The stormy seas hit the boat of our lives with all agility. The amazing part of this story is the relentless love of God, the love that disrupts Jonah’s peaceful sleep on the boat relentlessly refusing to give up on him and deciding to pursue him by all means necessary unwilling to let go of him.
Our walk with Jesus is not a giant chessboard where we try to control the boards and make the moves and determine the discussion at our own pace.
When you find yourself at a place where you encounter a God that doesn't act the way you’d want him to act and doesn't say the things that you want him to say. Times when we are busy doing life and God comes in and in His own wisdom chooses to disrupt our busyness, the question that has to be answered is, will you still walk with a Jesus that you simply cannot control? Will you walk with a God that at times you will not be able to understand? Will you still commit to a God that you cannot manipulate? Will you give your life to a God that cannot be manipulated by all the thoughts and demands we let run through our hearts?
What do you do? When everything lies in ruins in the path you walk in and you don’t know where this will lead? What do you do when your life is disrupted, disrupted by a loss of a job, a loss of a loved one, sickness, challenges in marriage, court cases, life battles you had nothing to do with, financial crisis, or a crumble in business. When the hour is dark, and it’s hard to see what the Lord is doing when believing gets hard because the options are few, will you still trust Him?
See, this walk of life is a walk of faith and not of sight. It takes faith to submit to the will of God especially when you don’t understand what He is up to, it might sound cliché but seriously it takes faith to be able to say I will take the next step even when I cannot see the entire staircase, it takes faith to pause and wait when God divinely disrupts your life, it takes faith to say you know what God? you know better than I do and so I’m gonna step out of your way and let you do what only you can do.
Child of God, Will You Still Trust Him?