“When my life was fainting away, I remembered the Lord, and my prayer came to you…Salvation belongs to the Lord!”
Jonah 2:7 & 9 (ESV UK)
Sometimes I just want to run away from it all. Economic woes, civil strife, problem after problem. Wouldn’t it be great if there were somewhere to run to?
There was a man in the Bible who wanted to run away from it all. His name was Jonah. I remember reading a story a while ago that reminded me of him. It was about a diver who was almost accidentally swallowed by a whale shark. Perhaps you remember reading about it? The open-mouthed 40 foot long fish was feeding hungrily on plankton just behind the unsuspecting diver.
Jonah thought he could run away from everything, especially God. He did not realize God was everywhere, even with us in the midst of our problems. So he got on a ship in the Mediterranean Ocean. But a storm broke out and he was thrown overboard by his fellow sailors, who thought Jonah was bad luck. Then a great fish came along and swallowed him whole into its cavernous belly. Presumably Jonah was caught in an air pocket. Then Jonah realized that you can’t run from God or from what God hopes you will do. And the fish spat him out onto the shore, just as the whale shark would have spat out the diver had it swallowed him.
The moral of the story is: if you run away from God, don’t go to sea. And don’t go swimming! Seriously, though – don’t run away from God: you might get into big trouble. Rather, run to God.
Father in Heaven, help us, as we face our troubles and our woes, to run to you for help, and not to run away from you.
In Jesus’ name.
Study by James Henderson
About the Author:
James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland.
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