The Bright Lights of Tarshish

 

“The word of the LORD came to Jonah son of Amittai: 2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.” 
3 But Jonah ran away from the LORD and headed for Tarshish”  Jonah 1:1-3

Jonah was a prophet of the LORD.  He was already called by God to proclaim the Word of the Lord to his people.  He already had an assignment from God.  And he was fulfilling it.  But God changed the assignment.

God has a way of changing our plans.  We are living our lives, minding our own business, and He comes along and gives us a “special assignment” that seems anything but special.

We are a people who really like doing our own thing.  We think it is nice that God loves us and that He hears our prayers.  It is wonderful that God loved us enough to save us and extend us eternal life.  We even think it was generous of Him to give us counsel and direction in this life.  But we really do not want Him giving us assignments.  God’s assignments usually feel like…well, work!  There are usually challenges and sacrifices involved.  And sometimes He even wants to change us through in the process.

So what are we to do?  What do we do when God is calling and we really do not want to obey?  Jonah fled for the bright lights of Tarshish.  It was a place of luxury.   In Tarshish, Jonah would find a place of glamour and abundance.  But, mostly, he would be able to hide from God.

Do you feel like Jonah?  Are you doing your best to run and hide from God?  Is God asking you to do something that you really have no desire to obey?  Sunday we will talk a little about Jonah’s options, and we will see how it worked out for Jonah by chasing the bright lights of Tarshish.

Keep fighting the good fight of faith!

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