The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: 2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.”
3 But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord.
“Those who cling to worthless idols
turn away from God’s love for them.
9 But I, with shouts of grateful praise,
will sacrifice to you.
What I have vowed I will make good.
I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’ ”
10 And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.
(Jonah 1.1-3, 2.8-10, NIV)
“Because it means that you can never run away from God.”
Why do you think Jonah wanted to run away from God?
Why do we often need a large wakeup call, such as being swallowed by a giant fish, to pay attention to what God is doing?
In what ways do you try to run from God? How can you trust and follow hm more–even when he asks you to do things you might not want to do?