“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.” Jonah 1:3 NLT
There’s a way that seems right to a man but in the end it leads to death. There are times in our lives when we just don’t want to do it God’s way. God’s way often goes against our human inclinations especially when we play judge and juror.
It’s amazing how many people we condemn in our heads. We make pre-judgments based upon appearances, race, class, or sexuality. We are ready to write off groups of people simply because of our biased opinions reflected by limited interaction.
God wanted Jonah to go warn the people of Nineveh that he would destroy them in 40 days if they didn’t repent of their evil ways. Nineveh had not been very nice to Israel. They had been downright oppressive. So the last thing Jonah wanted was them to be forgiven by God. So Jonah bought a ticket to get on a ship going the opposite direction.
What happens when you go in the opposite direction that God is sending you in?
1. A storm will be cast over you. When we go in the opposite direction from God’s will for our lives we will experience storms. Things are turbulent. Many times when we are in the will of God we experience smooth sailing. So storms are self-induced.
2. You continue to extend energy but don’t get anywhere. Jonah told the sailors he caused the storm because he was running away from God. They ignored him and kept rowing but the storm pushed them back. Your wasting energy if you have someone disobedient on your ship.
3. You will be swallowed up in darkness until you confess your misdirection. Jonah was swallowed by a whale and stayed there for three days until he cried out to God! God is waiting on you to redirect your agenda to match his plan.
This morning check you spiritual GPS. Do you have God’s destination in it or are you headed for a storm because you decided to go in the wrong direction? It’s time to recalculate.
Help me to follow your directions for my life. I’m tired of wasting energy trying to do it my way. Religion allows us to perform without trusting you. What you desire is for us to be in relationship with you. Jesus said it best, “if you love me, keep my commandments.” I have decided to follow Jesus.
In his name I pray!