Jonah’s Fish

The word of the LORD came to Jonah son of Amittai: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.”  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.  Jonah 1:1-3
From the few verses listed above, it is clear that God had a plan for Jonah.  There was a specific something God wanted Jonah to do.  But Jonah wasn’t interested. So, he skipped town. Eventually, that act of deliberate disobedience landed Jonah in the belly of a big ole fish. So many people think that if they don’t hear God correctly or take a different path, that they will never get to their destination.  What if I make the wrong turn?  What if I take the wrong job?  What if I join the wrong church?  What if I say the wrong thing?  What if?  What if? What if? Questions like these usually come from a heart desiring to please God.  As a Christ follower, I long to hear exactly what my Heavenly Daddy is saying and where he is directing me.  I don’t want to miss it.  In decision-making times, my heart is pure and I simply want to discern the path that God has laid out. If you have deliberately disobeyed and turned from God, don’t fret.  His mercies are new every morning.  You may be one of those who didn’t intentionally take the wrong path but somewhere along the way, you realized that the direction in which you were headed was literally making you go in circles. God used Jonah in a huge way. Huge. Surrender to Him and He’ll use you, too. Can you recall a time when you found yourself in a fish’s belly and wished that you had obeyed God the first time?

11 thoughts on “Jonah’s Fish”

  1. Ummm, yeah. So I completely disregarded, ignored and turned away from what God wanted me to do with my life because A) I didn’t want to be a missionary in Africa (and clearly that is all God ever calls Christians to do…JK) and B) I thought I KNEW what I wanted in my life so I didn’t want to hear anything about what God wanted to do with my life…what if they were different?

    Didn’t work.

    Thankfully I realized my enormous mistake after a year or two, and you are right. God’s grace is amazing…now I repeatedly surrender to Him and everything seems to work out just right.

  2. yes, i have been experiencing it many many times. But I still want to learn more about listening to God. Sometimes my ego makes me decide everything by myself. And yes, you are right when you say that those things come from someone who wants to please God. I have been there too. This is a never ending lessons for us to learn. Thank you for your beautiful sharing. God bless.

  3. What I remember too often is that He kept calling and knocking and I wasn’t answering – for about 10 years. I’m glad I remember because although it breaks my heart it keeps my eyes and feet set out on the straight and narrow path. 🙂

  4. Dang this is good… Drew and I are in that place of decision – wanting to make the RIGHT decision – but not sure what it is. Good to hear that God will set us straight if we get too far off path.
    Thank you. A needed word today.

  5. Hey…Cindy, is this a trick question? 😉

    Jonah and I share the same name, we might as well be brothers 🙂

  6. Excellent reminders.

    I can’t think of times where where I’ve rejected God’s direction, exactly. My thought is that I am still there in a few areas of my life. I guess I’m still in the “three days” waiting to be thrown up a changed man. …of course, we don’t really know if Jonah changed in the end. Sobering, but a good reminder.



  7. Wow… great reminder… especially now when I am tempted to run away myself….

    I found your blog on Joyfully Living Blogroll!! I’m so excited to find other Christian bloggers to share with!!

    Off to read more of your blog…

  8. This is a great story with modern applications. I recently preached on this very subject and entitle the message “Self-Invited Trouble.”

    It’s not always easy to follow the leading of the Lord, but it is always the right thing to do.

    Now, about your question: I can’t think of something specific at the moment, but am quite certain the Lord has pointed me in one direction, but I took a different one.

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