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  • Writer's pictureAddison Crissone

Running

If you read the book of Jonah, you will find that Jonah not only ran away from God's call, but God himself.

All because he was afraid- and bitter.

No one truly knows for sure why Jonah was so bitter and filled with hatred at the mere thought of the people of Nineveh- the Assyrians- getting right with God, but we do know that they were mortal enemies of Israel.

So, to escape God's plan of using Jonah to lead his enemies to Christ, Jonah ran in the opposite direction and boarded a boat bound for a place called Tarshish.

But while sailing the sea, God met Jonah in a fierce storm that threatened every life on board.

So, in a desperate attempt to save their lives, the other sailors threw Jonah overboard, praying, "O Lord, don't make us die for this man's sin. And don't hold us responsible for his death. O Lord, you have sent this storm upon him for your very own good reasons." (V14)

And they threw him in the water, and God stopped the storm- and many of the sailors came to know God and worship him.

If you continue to read, you will see that God gave Jonah a second chance- and this time, Jonah obeyed.

He went to Nineveh, and the whole city turned back to God and served him- sending Jonah into a pit of bitter anger towards God.

"Didn't I say that you would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to anger and filled with unfailing Love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people. Just kill me now, Lord! I would rather be dead than alive if what I predicted did not happen."

And I love God's response:

"Is it right for you to be angry about this?"

Now, what if God asked You this question?

Is there something you are angry about- perhaps a grudge you've held onto for years- that is holding you back from your full potential for Christ?

Is God asking you, "Is it right for you to be angry about this? Or should you let me handle it?"

How will you respond?

God calls us to lay our burden down- including our hurts, scars, and anger.

Will you?




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