Running Away

Jonah got up and went the other direction to Tarshish, running away from GOD. He went down to the port of Joppa and found a ship headed for Tarshish. He paid the fare and went on board, joining those going to Tarshish–as far away from God as he could get. Jonah 1:3

When we decide to the way God wants us to live revolutionary things start to happen in our lives. As they do we may be tempted to back off, afraid of what they will mean in our lives. Jonah clearly heard God and knew what was required. Instead of obeying what God instructed him to do he ran away. In the opposite direction.

Sometimes we have to watch as people run from recovery. Running from God, like Jonah, caught in a storm and uncertainty. Willing to be thrown overboard rather than do what God calls us to do.

Jonah ran away, because he didn’t feel he was up to the task God had placed before him. He was a bit embarrassed, didn’t want to make a fool of himself. He thought he could go back to his old way of doing things, back to where he felt comfortable. For us in recovery we too can feel sometimes it would be easier to go back to our old ways. Back to a place that we know was not good for us but felt comfortable.

We are all going to feel different degrees of discomfort as we progress in our spiritual growth. We may even want to ‘Run away’ I encourage you not to. After 30+ years in recovery I can tell you from experience it is worth feeling uncomfortable to experience all God has in store for you.

What The Bible Says

Can anyone hide out in a corner where God can’t see him? Is not present everywhere, whether seen or unseen? The God of your father: The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob.

We’re in no hurry, God. We’re content to linger in the path sign-posted with your decisions. Who you are and what you’ve done are all we’ll ever want. The path of right-living people is level.

Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If God makes you light-bearers, you don’t think He is going to hide you under a bucket, do you? He puts you on a light stand.

By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.

#Experience #Light #Encourage

Prayer: Lord I get jittery sometimes when You ask me to ‘step outside of my comfort zone.’ Help me to accept Your gracious provision and not to ‘run and hide’