Encouragement for your daily walk with God
For some, following God’s will is a wonderful thing as long as He is leading them in the direction they’re already going in. It’s much harder when God changes direction. That’s when they go into their “logical mode.” They find statistics to explain why it won't work. They’ll even search the Scriptures for verses that support their disposition.
Do you remember when the Pharisees attempted to discredit Jesus? They claimed, “no prophet arises out of Galilee” [John 7:52]. True, or not? Well, the prophet Jonah came from Gath-hepher, a next-door neighbor of Nazareth. Both of these towns were in Galilee.
Jonah is also a good example of someone who decided not to do the will of the Lord. He had no desire to see God’s forgiveness in Nineveh, so when the will of God led him in the direction of Assyria, he boarded a ship to Tarshish—the opposite direction!
In the series of events that followed, Jonah found himself in the bowels of a great fish. It was there he made a great confession, “Salvation is from the Lord” [Jonah 2:9 - meaning HIS salvation, not Nineveh’s].
I don’t have time in this short devotion for all the details, so take some time and read the story for yourself. God used a storm, a fish, a plant, a worm, and the wind to get him to change.
We love God’s will when it makes us comfortable and safe. I’m glad Jesus didn’t cling to comforts when He came to do His Father’s will. He knew what Jonah learned: The difficulty of submitting to God is easier than the difficulty of running from Him.
Then I said, “Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—I have come to do your will, O God.” Hebrews 10:7