Stop Running From God

Back in 1981, I sensed for the first time, that God was calling me into the ministry. However, it scared me and I ran from God. No, I didn’t literally run but I tried to stay away from God. Have you ever done that?
The book of Jonah is about God calling the prophet Jonah. God told Jonah to go to Nineveh, the great city and he was to preach. The problem was, Jonah hated the Ninevite’s. So instead of going to Nineveh, Jonah went to Tarshish and bought a ticket on board a ship.
Jonah got on the ship and sat down in the ull of the ship. He thought he had outfoxed God He didn’t think God could him which was ridiculous. Listen, if you are trying to run from God, stop running. You can’t out-run and you can’t hide from God.
Well, God caused a storm to develop and the boat Jonah was on was about to turn over. Jonah told the sailors that his God had caused the storm and they threw Jonah overboard. God appointed a whale to swallow Jonah.
Jonah spent some time in the guts of the whale and during this time, he decided doing God’s will may not be a bad thing after all. 🙂 So, Jonah prayd and confessed his sin to God and the whale spit Jonah up on dry land. Then, Jonah went to Nineveh.
Jonah preached and the people repented. There is more to the story but for our purposes in this post, we will stop.
So, question: are you running from God? Don’t dismiss that question too quickly. Maybe someone has asked you to teach Sunday School. Maybe someone has asked you to get involved in some kind of ministry.
Friend, if you are running from God, you are not happy. Over thirty-five years of ministry, I’ve known some people who at some point in their life, sensed God’s call to full-time vocational ministry. But they didn’t follow God. They ran and they are unhappy. They sit in church thinking about how they would do things differently than the Pastor would. They sit in Sunday School thinking how they would teach the lesson differently.
If you are running from God, stop running. The center of God’s will is the best place for you.

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