Pastor Tim Romero
Jonah 1:1-3 "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."
Obedience is a virtue that requires dying to self which isn't easy particularly when you don't want to do what God is asking you to do.Thankfully when we are unfaithful God remains faithful.That also means that He will not change His call for us but will change our heart towards His call.He loves us far to much to let us walk in disobedience.Jonah is a great example of this.
God called Jonah to go to Nineveh and preach repentance.Gods heart for this wicked nation was redemption and restoration.He wanted to save them and was going to send Jonah to declare that.Jonah's desire for Nineveh however was destruction not restoration. He wanted God to judge them, not save them. It's clear by the way he responds to Gods call to go and call out against the city.He went the direct opposite way that God commanded him to go.That won't work out so well for him but nevertheless we see his heart in full rebellion to Gods Word here.No matter how bad I might think something is, I must obey God rather than how I feel about what He is asking me to do.
When Jesus invited us to follow Him He didn't mean when it was convenient or when we felt like it.He meant we were to suck it up and follow Him wherever He might choose to go, even if it means going to your enemies at times. He has too much love for those who are unredeemed to not at least send someone to tell them to repent. Perhaps that someone is you. Don't run from God, obey His Word.Do whatever He calls you to do Christian. Obey Him, walk towards Him and not away.
Father we thank You for Your great love for us.May You change our hearts to have that same kind of love for You that no matter what You would ask us to do we would do it because we love You. May we be overwhelmed to the point of surrender and follow You wherever You lead us is in Jesus name, amen.