Running From God
“Then the men were exceedingly afraid and said to him, “What is this that you have done!” For the men knew that he was fleeing from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them” (Jonah 1.10 ESV).
Out of God’s great love for us, He will pursue us when we are living in disobedience, but we must be willing to admit it. Jonah knew and confessed to others that he was not obeying the Lord’s commands. Jonah didn’t try to twist God’s commands to fit his personal agenda and he didn’t try to deny his selfish actions. He confessed his wrong even if it meant he would be thrown out into the storm. When we truly love the Lord, we will know when we are not pleasing Him because every fiber in our bodies will feel the weight our disobedience. In fact, just like Jonah, we will come to the point where we would rather be “thrown” into the storms of life than live in our disobedience one more day. When our flesh struggles against our spirit, the first step we must take is to confess our sins to a faithful person we respect. Pride will try to keep us miserable in our sin, but humility will lead us back into the loving arms of our Heavenly Father.
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” (James 5.16 NIV).