Are you running from God today?  Do you really think that you can hide from Him, and get away from doing that task, that calling which He has commanded you to do?  Better think again.

Today we look at the prophet Jonah.  Jonah is first mentioned in 2 Kings 14:25 as having delivered a message to Jereboam the son of Nebat, and that prophecy coming to pass.  He is a prophet of God.  Yet, at some point in his ministry He runs from God.

“Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me. But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.” Jonah 1:1-3

Please note first of all that God called Jonah to enemy territory.  Nineveh was not a friendly place to Israel.  Yet, God calls him to go.  Note also the mercy of God in calling him there.  God calls Jonah there to warn them of their wickedness.

Also in these three verses we note that Jonah went “From the presence of the LORD”, and it is mentioned twice.

It is also said that Jonah “went down to Joppa”, and that He “went down into” the ship.  That phrase “down” is used numerous other times in this first chapter.

The message is quite clear:  When you leave the presence of the LORD; the only direction you can go is down.

Are you trying to flee the presence of the LORD, and His calling for your life?  You cannot hide from God. You will not only bring peril upon your own life; but also the lives of others (consider the men on the ship which Jonah boarded).

The presence of God is the glory and Person of Jesus Christ.  The only way into the presence of God is through the cross of Jesus (Colossians 1:19).

Call out to the Lord for forgiveness; return to Him, and He will return to you.

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