Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | September 19, 2018

When Fleeing Seems Right

“But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish.” Jonah 1:3a (NIV)

We’ve all been there when God showed us exactly what to do and we ran in the opposite direction. Been there far too many times. My idea of where I needed to be or what I needed to do simply didn’t align with the leading of God. And I simply didn’t want what He had to offer.

Sound familiar? Jonah found himself in a hard place – one where he chose to flee rather than obey. The outcome – well, it wasn’t great. He took the first ship to Tarshish with escape in mind and ended up in the belly of a great fish. Three days and three nights in a pit of Jonah’s own making.

When we find ourselves face to face with the results of our decisions, God’s plan always looks sweeter. Amazing how quickly we turn to prayer when the mess we created overwhelms us and the results are not what we intended. Desperate for help and convicted of his sin, Jonah cried out to the One he’d easily cast aside.

God heard Jonah’s cries and delivered him from the belly of the fish. If that wasn’t incredible enough, God instructed that fish to spew Jonah not into the ocean but on dry land. Talk about grace and compassion! When God delivers, He lifts us up out of the mess and plants our feet firmly on solid ground headed in a new direction because our God longs to restore His people.

Note to self – we can’t outrun our God. He will pursue us. He will create circumstances to draw us back, and He will hear our cry for help despite our sin. And the best part – He does this for everyone!
Forgiveness births restoration and obedience paves the way for grace to transform our hearts. Grateful for lessons learned even in the pit of despair. Blessed to receive His mercy – fleeing is definitely overrated.

“Father, Your grace overflows us daily. Helps us to obey quickly and avoid the devastation of fleeing Your presence.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

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