A Lesson From Jonah
But Jonah ran away from the Lord . . . - Jonah 1:3
I’m sure you’re familiar with the story of Jonah and the whale
(big fish!). The book of Jonah in the Old Testament is a short book with just four chapters. If you have ten or fifteen minutes, stop and read it through. It’s a great story with a lot of lessons for us.
The thing that stood out to me about this story was that Jonah was bold enough, after hearing exactly from God what he was supposed to do, to intentionally do just the opposite. He got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord.
That stood out at first because I thought to myself, “What a fool! Who would do such a thing?” Then I realized that is what I’ve done time and time again in my own life. Haven’t you?
Look back at the choices you’ve made to try to do things your way. Think about the nights you’ve laid awake with a knot in your stomach, full of fear and anxiety about things that most likely weren’t going to happen anyway. Think about the times you’ve chosen to numb yourself with food, alcohol, drugs, sex, shopping, or something else that wasn’t really the answer you were looking for or needed. When you “sobered up” you felt a little more empty than the day before.
What Jonah needed to do; what you and I need to do, is to humble yourself and surrender our wills to God. It’s a daily task that will grow a little easier the more you do it. Start today. Don’t go through what Jonah went through. Learn from him.
“Humility is a strange thing. The minute you think you’ve got it, you’ve lost it.” - E. D. Hulse
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Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.