"for you, Lord, have done as you pleased." (V.14)
Jonah 1: 11-16
Even to the travelled Christian, God's will for us is often very different to our own. The greatest burden a disciple of Christ can bear is when he resists a clear command from his Lord, fleeing in vain from what has been asked of him. It is sad, but every Christian will at times struggle with accepting and applying what he knows is expected of him by God.
Jonah's struggle with hypocrisy has a takeaway for all of us. Just like Jonah lifted up God during his luxurious political life as advisor to King Jeroboam II did he despise and avoid the task of pilgrimage to Nineveh that was issued to him by God afterwards. It should have been no suprise to the profit, that God chose to saturate everything around him with wonderful miracles despite his refusal to cooperate.
Don't despair if this part of scripture brings you back to a memory when you failed to cooperate with God. Instead let your failure serve as testimony to God's unbelievable ability to accomplish his will despite our inability to follow him in faith. Jonah, even in his darkest hour still served as a utensil of light to convert the hearts of many Pagan sailors, who until that day had never heard the name of God. In the end the day was won, and His will was done.
Father, I thank you for your forgiveness. I thank you for not condemning me for my numerous failures and repeated offenses against you. Even when I run with greater effort than I use to follow you, I am kept in your fold. Like a chick that strays from beneath your wing you pull me back to your protective embrace. I pray that you would increase my faith, that I should not attempt to flee you again. But rather make the will of Christ the will of my own heart, and make me more like you. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.