Alex brings us today’s though.
Read Jonah 1-4
Today we will be looking at a guy whos story isn’t really the prettiest painting ever painted!
Jonah, Called by God to preach to an awful place, chickens out, and tries to run from God, gets swallowed by a whale, gets spat out, gets angry with God when the bad people repent, and sulks.. doesn’t sound great but there it is.
Some people like to speculate that this book is a fictional account, due to the audacious claims it makes. a fish swallowing him alive and him not being able to breath let along staying alive in it, for 3 days, is eye opening to say the least!
So at the start, (verse 1) “the word of The Lord came to Jonah” - what a great start!
we use God’s word, to instruct, direct & re-direct our lives and Jonah ran for the hills!
How many times has Gods word came to our attention and we didn’t like what we read? We become very uncomfortable with what we truly believe God is saying to us...it’s happened to me a lot! But are we running from his wrath? Or are we running from his Love & mercy? Or can we even run from either? Let’s find out!
We find Jonah attempting to flee..But can we?
Psalm 139:7-10 reads,
Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
David in this psalm is stating that no matter how hard we try no matter how far we travel, no matter how distant we may think we are, we simply can not escape the presence of the Lord
I find a great parallel with this psalm, Paul writes in Romans 8:38-39
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
It is physically and/or spiritually impossible for us to run from the presence of the Lord. And it’s his love for us is undeniable, unimaginable, indestructible, inseparable through the sheer power of the cross, what it’s achieved, and the quite simply put, amazing Grace that flows from it!
The same gracious & merciful God that spared the gentile city of Nineveh, loves you so much, he sent his one and only son, Jesus Christ, to die for you, in your place, so that you may spend eternity with him, the one whom “salvation belongs” -(Jonah 2:9)
Don’t run, but rest (John 19:28-30)
Don’t be afraid, but be still. (Psalm 46-10)