The Prophet Jonah seems almost comical in his relationship with God, except for one thing: The souls of over 100,000 people were at stake. Jonah tried to run away from God, learned a terrifying lesson, did his duty, then still had the nerve to complain to the Creator of the Universe. But God was forgiving, both of the Prophet Jonah and the sinful people Jonah preached to.
While it may appear that we can run or hide from God, we're only fooling ourselves. Our role may not be as dramatic as Jonah's, but we have a duty to God to carry it out to the best of our ability.
God is in control of things, not us. When we choose to disobey him, we should expect bad consequences. From the moment Jonah went his own way, things started to go wrong.
Referenced in the Bible:
2 Kings 14:25, The book of Jonah, Matthew 12:38-41, 16:4; Luke 11:29-32
"When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, Lord and my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple." (NIV)
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