Jonah Flees the Presence of the Lord
Scripture- 1 Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before me.” 3 But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. So he paid the fare and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the Lord.
4 But the Lord hurled a great wind upon the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship threatened to break up. 5 Then the mariners were afraid, and each cried out to his god. And they hurled the cargo that was in the ship into the sea to lighten it for them. But Jonah had gone down into the inner part of the ship and had lain down and was fast asleep. 6 So the captain came and said to him, “What do you mean, you sleeper? Arise, call out to your god! Perhaps the god will give a thought to us, that we may not perish.
- What stands out to you in this section? Is there anything you relate to or are confused by? Ask us about your thoughts if you are confused!
- In verse 3 Jonah runs from what God had asked him to do. Have you ever had God ask you to do something you didn’t want to do?
- What happened did you run or avoid the situation, or did you stay?
- Is there something God has asked you to do recently that you don’t want to do? e.g. forgiving someone who has hurt you, opening up about something you’re dealing with or letting go of the past.
Application – Allow God to refresh your heart put on some worship music and allow the words to flow over your heart, I suggest Housefires, good good father or Will Reagen, through and through or Steffany Gretzinger.