Jonah 1:1-3 “1 The word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai saying, 2 ‘Arise, go to Nineveh the great city and cry against it, for their wickedness has come up before Me.’ 3 But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. So he went down to Joppa, found a ship which was going to Tarshish, paid the fare and went down into it to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.”
Have you ever wanted to escape from the presence of the Lord or try to hide from His watchful eye? I have. There have been times that I just did not want to do what He wanted me to do. One of the parents at the church I serve posted recently a conversation with their 3 year old, obviously about obedience. His response was, “Ok mom. I don’t really want to obey cuz I just don’t want to.” Lol. I have felt that way myself.
But we can’t escape obedience forever. God has a way of getting our attention, just like we have to get our children’s attention sometimes. Jonah did not want to go to Nineveh because he hated them. He knew God would save them, and he wanted no part of it. So, he decided to go the opposite direction as far away and as fast as he could. You know the rest of the story.
You can really have fun with this story with your kids the next time they decide to disobey. You can threaten to throw them in the ocean for a large fish to swallow. Just kidding! That would not be cool.
But your children need to understand this story isn’t just another fish story. This really happened. It’s in God’s Word, so it’s true. And the point of the story is also true and can be believed. Little Johnny or Susie need to know that God will not allow His children to remain in disobedience without consequences. Believe me – obedience is much easier than dealing with the consequences.
So, what are you running from? What has God told you to do or to stop doing? Are you running in the opposite direction? Do you need to stop right where you are and do a 180? God will get your attention if you continue to run from Him.