The word of the Lord came to Jonah, arise, go to Nineveh, the great city and cry against it……But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. Jonah 1: 1,2
We know from this story of Jonah that God asked him to go to Nineveh, but rather, he chose to disobey the Lord and flee to another city, but as the word points, he was fleeing from the presence of the Lord. Because of Jonah’s disobedience, God chose a large fish to swallow Jonah while on a boat during a raging storm. We know based on scripture that God caused the storm and spoke to the fish to swallow him. The question you have to ask…..was it God’s will for the trial? NO! God will use situations and circumstances to get our attention. I believe that we do endure specific trials for our growth, but how many could we avoid by just obeying God? God uses this as an illustration in a decision I chose to be disobedient. I had been in a relationship that was divinely chosen by Him. There was always an under current of anger from my partner and yet the Lord continually gave me scripture in Proverbs and 2Timothy, ‘only fools get into strife’ or ‘the Lord’s bond servant must not be quarrelsome’. I chose to engage the strife and making matters worse by disobeying. I believe the dissolution of the relationship was a conseqence or a self invoked trial that was brought on myself. Once Jonah realized his brush with death, he repented and we read that the fish vomited him onto dry ground. This is not a feel good message, however, it should cause us to look inward and ask, have I brought this trial on myself? If so, what do I need to repent of? Can you think of a time where God had asked something of you and you disobeyed? Also, we must realize that our disobedience is taking us from God’s presence and therefore, he will not bless your decision and you are no longer under His protection. We must remember that when God asks something of His children, it may not make sense and it may seem difficult, but God always has a good plan for His children and it is ALWAYS for our benefit. If you read many scriptures on marriage, you will see that a Husband’s prayers are hindered if they are not treating their wives with honor. If a man’s prayers are hindered, then that means that most things are not working, because he has no power in prayer. That is one example that by not following God’s principles, it has a cause and effect, which God is trying to prevent for His children. Like me, when I chose to disobey, God was not blessing my relationship and we lost protection. What has God asked of you and you chose to disobey? to forigve someone? to apologize even though you are right? to turn away from a particular sin? I heard a teaching months back on Jonah and the woman literally googled whale’s vomit…..there is a black substance in the vomit that is an actual ingredient that makes Chanel perfume! How could something so valuable be in whales’s vomit? Here is the correlation……..If we are currently in a trial that has been brought on by ourselves, let’s be quick to repent so we can end up on a dry ground (Lord) and come through learning something valuable that would be a sweet smelling aroma for the Lord living in blessing and protection. AMEN?!