|READ JONAH 1
As I read the story of Jonah, I can’t help but marvel at the mercy of God. Here we have a man that was called to preach against a nation he hated. The book tells us the story of a man whom God instructed to love his enemies in Nineveh. Afraid that they’d repent and be forgiven by God, Jonah ran away from this calling.
If we read further into this story, we see how much turmoil Jonah faces; from the violent storm that almost wrecked the ship he was fleeing on to being swallowed up by a great fish. If we get nothing else from this story, it is important that we realize that we cannot run away from God. Throughout this week, I am going to focus on the book of Jonah, but today I just want to warn you that running away from your calling could be the most dangerous mistake you ever make.
David says it best in Psalm 139:7-8; “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I got up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there” You cannot hid anything from God, and when he calls you, you need to be quick to listen and quick to act. Your calling may be as simple as being led to pray from someone, to being called to rebuke a friend that is living in sin, to giving a person money, or to preaching to thousands. Many may ask, “How do I know what my calling is?” God speaks to people in different ways, but he makes sure he speaks to you in a language that you understand. The first way that God usually contacts us is through a gentle whisper (Isaiah 30:21), and then as confirmations, he utilizes different measures. If you are a big Bible reader, he may speak through the Bible, if you are in tune with your spirituality, he may contact you through the spirit man inside of you, he may also speak through other people.
Whatever the case may be, you will definitely hear from God, and it is up to you to either listen and heed or hear and ignore (run). What are you running from today? What has God burdened your heart to do? I urge you today brethren to turn back to God’s voice. Don’t wait until you are in the fish’s belly to cry out to God for mercy, do it now. Tell him that you are ready to heed his voice and proclaim his works. If your life is truly dedicated to Christ, then you definitely have a calling, and it is up to you to stay in tune with his voice. Clear out all the noises and distractions in your life, and really hear from God, and when you do, quickly ACT.
It is my prayer today that God will meet you where you are and speak to your heart concerning His calling on your life. I pray that he equips you with the wisdom, knowledge and understanding needed to properly hear from Him. When he does reveal your calling to you, I pray that the Holy Spirit will burden your heart to act quickly. I leave you in God’s mercy and perfect peace.
Stay blessed and spread the word.