Scripture reading: Jonah 1:1–3
Key verses: Psalm 139:7–8
Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
David knew what Jonah forgot. He asked, “Where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there” (Ps. 139:7–8 nasb). David understood that God is everywhere. There is no escaping His presence.
However, Jonah forgot that. Instead of doing what the Lord called him to do, he rebelled and became enmeshed in the thought of how God wanted him to go to Nineveh and preach repentance. Somehow he thought he could escape the presence and will of God.
There is little doubt about the wickedness of the Ninevites, but that was not the issue. Israel had become steeped in sin as well. The challenge for God’s servant was one of obedience.
God is aware of the motives of your heart. Often a task that seems unfair is hard to complete. However, if God has called you to do it, there is no other avenue to take but obedience. After a detour into the belly of a great fish, Jonah unwillingly preached repentance to the Ninevites. As a result, they turned from their wickedness. Yet we never see God’s joy breaking forth in Jonah’s life. He was too angry at God.
When you are tempted to rebel against the Lord’s will, remember the fate of Jonah, and set the course of your heart on obedience and trust in the Lord. There you will find great blessings.
Lord, when I am tempted to rebel against You, help me to remember Jonah and set the course of my heart on trusting and obeying You.