Day 1: Jonah Runs
The Book of Jonah is one of the shortest books in the Old Testament, but it reveals a lot about the nature of God, and how we sometimes choose to respond to Him. We see very early that Jonah mostly desires a God of his own making.
In his book titled The Prodigal Prophet, Timothy Keller writes, “Jonah…wants a God who simply smites the bad people, for instance, the wicked Ninevites, and blesses the good people, for instance, Jonah and his countrymen.” When God asks Jonah to go to Nineveh, he runs.
In fact, if you pay close attention to Jonah Chapter 1, you’ll see that Jonah does everything to run away from what God has asked him to do. Perhaps he wasn’t just running away from what God had asked him to do, but was running away from God Himself.
For example, Jonah went down to Joppa (v. 3). Jonah had gone (down) below deck (v. 5). Jonah said, “Throw me (down) into the sea” (v. 12). In his running, Jonah continued going down. But at his lowest low the true God was about to reveal more about His nature than Jonah had ever known.
As you read today, consider this: What does this passage about Jonah tell you about reality? About humanity?
What does this passage about Jonah tell you about reality? About humanity?
In what ways does this help you to identify with the story of Jonah?
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
Read: Joshua 5:10-15 & 6
Reflect: What did you H.E.A.R. from God today? HEAR Bible Study Method
Heavenly Father, I confess there are times in my life in which, like Jonah, I desire to have a God of my own making. Sometimes my prayers are more about me and my desires, and less about who You are, and how I can come to know You better.
This week, as I read through the book of Jonah, I pray that You will reveal to me the ways I may think, respond, or even run in the same ways Jonah reacted to You and Your desires for his life. I pray also that You will continue to reveal to me the purpose You have for my life and remind me that You have given me this purpose because You know that, with Your help and guidance, it can be fulfilled. I pray these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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