Have you ever wanted to run away? Has your life ever become so difficult that you felt the need to escape? Maybe you're tired of married life because you lost that excitement? Maybe you want to be married but your boyfriend doesn't share your faith but you just know he'll change?
Jonah was attempting to run away from the Lord's instructions. The word of the Lord had come to Jonah very clearly. He was instructed to go to Ninevah and preach.
God was aware of the Ninevites' wickedness and wanted Jonah to proclaim a message God had given to him. But Jonah didn't want to go and tried to run away and instead ...go to Tarshish.
I can laugh at Jonah as I think in my head "Jonah, what were you thinking? Like you can really hide from God! He knows everything and sees everything. Who were you kidding?"
But Tarshish doesn't have to be a place.
We can try to escape and run away to our Ninevah's through:
I'm sure you can add a few I've not thought of.
Many times it's easier to delay or not fully obey what we know God has told us through His Word.
But who are we kidding? After all, God sees all and knows all, especially the motives in our heart.
And delayed obedience is disobedience and ...that's sin.
Instead of justifying our running away or escaping, why not recognize that God's way is the best way? After all, He has our best interests at heart.
Yes, we have choices to make since we have been given a free will. We can choose to satisfy our own flesh. Or we can submit to God's will for our life.
Will you do things the hard way like Jonah? Or will you simply listen to God in the first place?