“For far too many of us, there are only two attitudes toward prayer-those who ‘pray their way in’ and those who ‘pray their way out.’ Most of us, unfortunately, take our prayer lives most seriously when we are trying to ‘pray our way out.’ ” ~ Leonard Sweet
Man has been trying to flee from God since the creation of man. As we reflect back on Genesis 3:8-10, man has attempted to flee rather than follow. Since the very creation of mankind we have found a way, or at least we have tried to find a way, to attempt to flee from God in every facet of our lives. So this poses the question: What are you fleeing from today?
For the next few weeks we will be taking a look at the book of Jonah and attempt to unpack just why man rebels as he does. This week we are going to begin our reflection on Jonah 1:1-6 and search out Jonah’s heart while taking a look at our own hearts!
This book begins with Jonah receiving direct revelation from the one true living God. This revelation given by God, commands Jonah to “Go”. But this command has a specific audience, a specific place, and a specific time. Jonah is commanded to “Go to the great city of Nineveh, and preach against it”. Without hesitation, Jonah flees from God, and tries to go the complete opposite direction. Now this is where we find ourselves in many, many of life’s circumstances. Often times we are in some form of spiritual funk and our first response is to get right back to our “comfort zone”. This “comfort zone” often times creates a desire in us to flee from what God is doing in our lives and seek safer passage. Jonah is doing what his flesh does best, and that is when we become uncomfortable with our circumstances, we flee. As Jonah began to flee from what he thought was to a safer passage, the Lord never lost sight of what or where he was.
God is never going to give up on you, even when we give up on our selves! God is never going to lose sight of where you are, no matter how hard you try to flee from Him. Today you might be in a place where you think God has abandoned you, or you have tried to flee from God. Are you tired of running yet?
Are you running out of places to hide from God?
Do you even know what you are running from?
Before you lose hope and give up, understand that there is going to be a rainbow on the other side of this storm you are facing or are currently in. God hasn’t given up on you and is beckoning you to come home. Don’t become discouraged by your own desire to flee, but rather try to understand what it is you are fleeing from!
This week’s devotional was written by JR Rouse. His heart is in the pastorate and is attending Capital Seminary and Graduate School to pursue a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Studies.