The price of disobedience
October 13, 2009
But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord…
It's never a good idea to try to run away from God. But Jonah was someone who tried to do just that. As you can see in today's passage, he ran from the purpose God had for his life.
Maybe you remember Jonah's story. God told him to go to Nineveh to speak against the evil there. But Jonah resisted God's call, and instead bought a ticket on a ship headed for Tarshish, a city in the opposite direction of Nineveh!
While Jonah slept on the ship, thinking he had outsmarted God, a storm began to rage. He awoke to face the fury of God's discipline, which included being thrown overboard and swallowed by a great fish, where he stayed until he repented.
You see, disobedience to God is costly. I heard it said once that sin will take you farther than you wanted to go, cost you more than you wanted to pay, and keep you longer than you wanted to stay.
So today, if you are running from God and wondering, "Can I ever come back to God?", the answer is yes. While you cannot change your past, you can change your future by running towards him!
SIN WILL TAKE YOU FARTHER THAN YOU WANTED TO GO, COST YOU MORE THAN YOU WANTED TO PAY, AND KEEP YOU LONGER THAN YOU WANTED TO STAY.
OUR THANKS TO YOU!
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