Are You the “Jonah” of the Family?

 

“What do you mean, am I the Jonah of the family?”

Well, how do you respond to God’s commands?  If God calls you to complete some specific godly task in life such as; witnessing to a neighbor who needs comfort, offering to clean the church, giving up fattening food because it’s a stumbling block to your children, do you comply or rebel?  Please remember if God asks us to do something and you rebel, you alone won’t be affected by the consequences.  Your friends, family, church members and perhaps others will be as well. Do you face or run away from your responsibilities?

Look at Jonah. When God asked him to go to Nineveh, he foolishly ran from God, trying to sail away from his obligations. But the Lord sent a storm which affected not only Jonah, but the entire crew of the ship.  That got his attention.

Now even though we might laugh at Jonah’s utter foolishness in thinking one can run away from God, (He’s everywhere) do we act any better at times? What Christ-like examples do we set?

God wants us to control ourselves to demonstrate a well-developed, disciplined life: 1 Peter 1:16,  because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.”

When God asks us to exemplify higher standards to our families and yet we continue to consume an abundance of rich junk food, don’t you think God notices?  To correct our resistant, foolish direction, He might allow the consequences of that behavior to catch up with us. We might develop a simple belly ache or something worse like diabetes.  Well that certainly got our attention right?!   Part of correction is to teach us patience, humility and obedience.

Now the question is, since He has our attention, do we turn from our wicked ways and start living and eating right or do we shake our fist at God and defiantly demand, Why did you allow this to happen, growing even more defiant, running away from God?

As believers, we are jeopardizing our individual temple of the Holy Spirit. We wouldn’t even think of entering the Holy Temple of Jerusalem and throwing trash on the floor, but that’s what we’re doing when we consume trashy, chemically laden food.  We shouldn’t be so flippant about our bodily temple because that’s neither reverent nor respectful.  God will get our attention in any way He can because He loves us.  He does not ignore disobedience, as Jonah discovered, no matter how much we feel we “got away with it.”

Now how does that relate to health? Well, God’s culinary rules are not difficult to understand and we should never disregard the commands of God to be holy! Eat whole grains, fruits, vegetables, drink water and exercise. Listen to that still, small godly voice when you are faced with a challenge to do otherwise. God told us everything is permissible but not everything is beneficial (1 Corinthians 10:23) so enjoying a piece of chocolate isn’t bad.

The devil might be whispering “that food’s bad for you” but no food is good or bad, it’s simply nutrients, so choose the best. If you can control your emotional eating, it’s okay to indulge every once in a while. If not, resist temptation, go for a walk. Or eat and choose something lighter for dinner. But saying God’s creation of natural food is bad, is actually saying that God created something bad. What an arrogant slap in the face of God! Don’t do that. Honor the bodily temple God gave you!

1 Corinthians 6: 19-20 ” Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”

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4 thoughts on “Are You the “Jonah” of the Family?

  1. Great book! Actually I got this thought as I was proof reading his dissertation on Wednesday and it gave me a lightbulb moment. Thanks for your comment, I pray all is going well with you!

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