Have you ever prayed for guidance in you walk with God? Have you then received a message to do something, go somewhere, or maybe speak with someone?
I must admit that I enjoy the story of Jonah in the bible. It is a story that even atheist knows. We even see reference of him in the movie Avengers. However, the reason for me liking this story isn’t the part of the big fish, but rather Jonah’s reaction to the instruction of the Lord…
“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 1:3, KJV).
We can actually sympathize with Jonah, for we all can say we’ve been there. We go in the opposite direction we should we going in, or we don’t say the things to the person we should say…
And when disaster strike it is easy to blame God. We see Jonah lamenting his lot in the belly of the fish:
“…I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord , and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice. For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me. Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple. The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head. I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O Lord my God. When my soul fainted within me I remembered the Lord : and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple” (Jonah 2:1-7, KJV).
None of this would have happened if Jonah only listened to the voice of God and gave the people of Nineveh the message he was suppose to. It is in that dark moment that I find, that the voice of God is at its loudest.
So, next time you pray for guidance or His will in your life, remember that God might ask of you to step out of your comfort zone.
Remember, too, that God promised in His Word: “I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not: I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them” (Isaiah 42:16, KJV). Meaning, He will walk with you and be with you in that moment, and you need not fear.
My prayer for us today is that God will provide us with courage of heart to stay in His will and to follow His guiding voice. #GodCanDoThis