Jonah 1:1-3 (NKJV) 1 Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.” 3 But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. Whenever we disobey God we are removing ourselves from his presence. Obedience is better than sacrifice. God does not turn his back or break away from us but we take ourselves away from him and break away from him. Even at that, he is still watching and waiting for us to repent and come back. We cannot dictate for God neither can we tell God what we think is good. We need to remember that we were not there when he laid the foundation of the earth.
Jonah 1:7-9 (NKJV) 7 And they said to one another, “Come, let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this trouble has come upon us.” So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah. 8 Then they said to him, “Please tell us! For whose cause is this trouble upon us? What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? And of what people are you?” 9 So he said to them, “I am a Hebrew; and I fear the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.” God made the lot that was cast to fall on Jonah, God will always bring us out of our hiding place. We cannot run or hide from him, he is everywhere and he sees everything. He made the sea and the dry land. John 1:3 (NKJV) 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. We might flee from the presence of the Lord but we are still living in the work of his hands. Where are we going to run to or hide in that was not made by God. What happens when we run from God is not by accident as God will allow somethings to happen to us so that he can get our attention for us to come back to him; life outside Christ is dangerous.
Jonah 2:7-10 (NKJV) 7 “When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the Lord; And my prayer went up to You, Into Your holy temple. 8 “Those who regard worthless idols Forsake their own Mercy. 9 But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.” 10 So the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land. God has power over everything, we need to repent and ask God for forgiveness. God is gracious and merciful, he is slow to anger and abundant in loving kindness. Sometimes we want to do things our way but God is saying he knows what is best for us and he said in Jeremiah 29:11(NKJV) 11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. There would be times while we are running from God that we bring miseries upon ourselves but God will still give us comfort Jonah 4:6 (NKJV)6 And the Lord God prepared a plantand made it come up over Jonah, that it might be shade for his head to deliver him from his misery. So Jonah was very grateful for the plant. We cannot tell God what to do, who to love, or how to deal with us instead we should let him tell us. It is human nature (walk in the spirit and ye shall not fulfill the Lust of the flesh) to love God and obey him fifty percent of the time but he is saying that he need 100% of our love and attention; he need 100% of us so he can plan our life, show us how to excel.Did you know that when you follow God’s plan, you never fail? God is the master planner.
And be gracious to me;
And give me peace.”’