IT’S TIME TO STOP RUNNING AND DO THAT “HARD” THING
(Jonah, chapters 1-3)
God gave the Prophet Jonah an assignment. He told Jonah to go to Ninevah and prophesy against it, but Jonah did not like the assignment .
Has God-given you an assignment that you want no part of?
Has He told you to do something that seems hard, taxing, and that will cost you what you are not prepared to sacrifice…..perhaps time, energy, resources, or maybe even your ego and pride?
Has He told you to do something and you, “just don’t feel like going through all of that”?
Instead of obeying God, Jonah decided to flee from the presence of the Lord and go by ship down to Tarsish.
Are you running from an assignment God gave you?
Are you running from the thing you know He is asking you to do?
Is your internal posture, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, EXCEPT this”?
Because of Jonah’s disobedience to God’s instruction, a ferocious storm arose that threatened to sink the ship that he was on.
Jonah’s life became toxic to those he joined himself to because he knowingly ran away from the assignment God gave him.
His presence negatively affected those who he joined himself to almost to the point of his and their destruction.
Those men Jonah joined himself to were ignorant of Jonah’s disobedience until an unexplainable storm arose in their midst and they questioned why.
Is your presence negatively affecting those you have connected yourself to because you connected yourself to them in direct opposition to what God has spoken to you; because you connected yourself to them in an effort to consciously avoid obeying some “distasteful” assignment from God?
Are you “creating a storm” somewhere because you know you should not be there yet you remain?
Whose lives are you negatively affecting because of your disobedience to God?
Remember, as a child of God, you are not your own.
God paid for you in full with the precious blood of Jesus so you belong to Him and as such, He has the right to give you any assignment He pleases whether you like it or not – it’s tight, but it’s right!
It’s okay to struggle over an assignment, even Jesus did that.
Prior to His crucifixion when in the Garden of Gethsemane, He prayed and asked the Father three times if there be any other way to carry out the assignment at hand.
The key though is that each time He asked, He said, nevertheless, not my will but Yours be done.
Jesus yielded to His assignment and as Christ followers, by the grace of God, so must we.
Today, make a decision to stop running from that assignment and obey God.
Cut that which you need to cut.
Leave where you need to leave.
Disconnect from who/what you need to disconnect from.
Whether literally or figuratively, you will save your life and the lives of those around you.
Are you willing?
Don’t wait another day.
No matter how distasteful, difficult or frightening, take that leap of faith and accept that God-given assignment you have tried to run from, after all, God will never ask you to do anything that He will not equip you to do.
Do not let the Lord have to prepare a “big fish” to “swallow” you; don’t put yourself through all that because guess what, either way your God-given assignment will not change.
After Jonah genuinely repented, determined to fulfill his vow to God, and recognized and acknowledged who God was in his life, God spoke to the fish and it vomited Jonah up on dry land.
As soon as that occurred, God spoke to Jonah a second time and gave him the exact, same assignment, i.e., to go to Ninevah and prophesy against it.
After all that drama and trauma, Jonah’s God-given assignment never changed, nor will yours so it is best to learn from Jonah…….stop running, yield to God and obey.
It’s time to stop running and do that “hard’ thing.
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