6th November 2020

Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide 

“The word of the Lord came to Jonah…‘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…”
Jonah1:1-3 (NIVUK) 

Last week I was reading about the adventures of the prophet Elijah. When Elijah told the wicked King Ahab that a major drought was coming, God told Elijah to run away and hide. In today’s study, we read about another prophet who ran away and hid – Jonah. Only this time, it wasn’t because God told him to run, in fact, quite the reverse. It was God himself that Jonah was running away from! The outcome for each prophet was completely different. Elijah ended up in the place God had prepared for him, while Jonah ended up in the belly of a huge fish (Jonah 1:17). Elijah had all his physical needs met, whereas Jonah very nearly met his Maker!

Yet, at the end of the day, both prophets got out of town for the same reason – God’s mercy. God, in his mercy, sent Elijah away for his own safety. And Jonah ran away from God because he was worried the Ninevites would repent of their wicked ways and God, in his mercy, would relent of the destruction he had threatened to bring on them (Jonah 4:2).

Both prophets learned the same valuable lesson from their experience, Trust and obey, for there’s no other way, as the words of the famous hymn puts it. God, in his ineffable wisdom, knows what is best for each and every one of us. And we cannot escape his mercy and love, no matter how hard some people may want to try.

Prayer
Almighty Father, in the words of another hymn, “Great is Thy faithfulness! great is Thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see: all I have needed Thy hand hath provided – Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!” I pray this in Jesus’ name.
Amen
 

Study by Peter Mill

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About the Author:
Peter Mill is an Elder and the Missions Developer of the National Ministry Team of Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland. He and his wife, Jackie, are Pastoral Workers for Grace Communion International in Scotland and Ireland.

Local Congregation:
GCI, Edinburgh
Gilmerton New Church
Ravenscroft Street
EDINBURGH
EH17 8QJ

 

Meeting time:
Saturday 11:00am

Local Congregational Contact:
Peter Mill
Email: edinburgh@gracecom.church