Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.
Start running towards God, not away from him.
Okay, maybe that is not what you want to hear right now, but it is the right thing to do.
The truth is you can’t run away forever.
God will get you at some point either in this life or in the one to come, and honestly, it is better for it to be now.
The thing is, most of us if not all, are running away from God. Or we have done it before.
Think about the time God asked you to do something that you didn’t like.
For example, when he told you to forgive or give a person something so precious to you.
Or maybe he told you to relocate to a new place last month, but you are still in your old home.
Maybe God is telling you to leave that job and start a business?
Or he has told you to continue working for that annoying boss when all you want to do is quit, and you are still drafting that resignation letter.
Well, sometimes, we are full of fear; we don’t know what will happen to our loved ones or us if we follow through with God’s plan.
Other times we know how good God is and like Jonah, we don’t want to do what he is telling us because we know that person will change or get something good that they don’t deserve, at least according to us.
But, we have to obey God even when we don’t understand and here is why;
God Knows What’s Best
It is worth saying that God knows what is best for us and those around us.
If he is telling you to give something to your neighbor, it is because that person needs it and he will bless you with something better.
It may not be that exact thing, but God will give you something that you deserve.
Disobeying God Will Derail Your Destiny
If God sends you to a new place or tells you to open a business, it is because that thing is attached to your destiny.
Not just that, when you disobey God, you derail other people’s destinies because you’re supposed to make a difference in their lives.
Of course, God can still use another person, but there is a reason he chose you first.
Be careful not to get in the wrong boat; trust God.
The Other Side Is Not Better
It takes more effort to disobey God than to obey him.
Think about it, if you choose to do things that God doesn’t want, then you will have to use your own effort, and that is so hard.
It is better to walk under God’s grace.
Jonah probably thought it would be better on the other side, but it wasn’t. There was a storm, and maybe that is what your life looks like right now.
It has been from one storm to another.
Well, no matter how far gone you are, you can always turn back and repent just like Jonah did.
God is merciful, and he gives us many chances in life to live the way he wants us to.
Stop running away and start running towards God.