Jonah disobeyed God and tried to hide from God by running. Does this sounds familiar? I do it all the time. One problem that we r into by running from God is there is no where to run. The places that we run will make the storm worst, not better.
Jonah ended up in the belly of a whale. I have been there and done that. When we disobey God, we end up in dark places. When Jonah was in the whale’s belly, he began to reflex on how he disobeyed God and now need his help. Jonah cried out to God. Jonah 2:1-2 states, “In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help, and you listened to my cry“.
I find myself crying out to God just about everyday. I am always worried about myself and this conflicts God’s plan for us because we are not listening to him. We are on a wild goose chase of our own. This is why we end up in a storm. We do not pray before we leap. We pray to him after we are in trouble. Sometimes we are so deep into our storm that God allows us to fall. Some of us have storm after storm because we refuse to obey God.
I went to church on Sunday with my daughter, Ashley. June 11, 2017. We attended Sandhills Community church in Columbia, SC. The pastor preached on how Jonah placed himself in this predicament. If he would have followed God’s instruction, he would have not been in a storm. We have to look at Jonah’s story and learn to obey. If we pray before we act, we will not end up in self made storms.