Jonah 1:1-3 (NIV)
1 The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: 2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.” 3 But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord.
The story is told about two one year old cubs. Their mother was nowhere in sight. As a van approached the two of them began to run. One of them headed deep into the scrub. The other ran and hid behind a sapling. Thinking it could no longer be seen, he tentatively peeked out from behind the scanty foliage. What a sight. This chubby black bear sticking out like a sore thumb from behind this skinny excuse for a tree, thinking he couldn't be seen.
I wonder just how often God gets just such a kick out of watching us, as we too, much like Jonah run away from Him and what he has called for us to do. We shrug off a command we have read in Scripture. We turn away from a plea which we know we should answer. We decide to get serious about spiritual discipline later, not today; we are too busy, or too scared or simply not interested just now. We think we can hide from God, he won't see, he won't know. What a laugh.
"Then the LORD sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up." Vs 4
"Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging sea grew calm." Vs 15
"But the LORD provided a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was inside the fish three days and three nights." Vs 17
God knew where Jonah was every single minute. Jonah thought he could hide but he couldn't and neither can we.
Are we attempting to hide from God today? If so perhaps we should rethink our situation before God decides to take action and it's no longer a laughing matter.
Dear Lord, thank you that we cannot hide from you. Thank you that you know where we are every single moment and that your patience and mercy are great even when we are foolish. Help us to listen and to obey you, to know that whatever it is you are asking of us to do. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.