Are You Running Away Like Jonah?

There are so many life lessons we can learn from the Biblical Jonah. As you recall, Jonah was commanded by God to go and preach to Nineveh but he ran away rather than face his responsibilities.

Have you ever thought, well how foolish! I wouldn’t ever run away from God when He commands me to do something!  He’s everywhere!

But we do actually act like Jonah at times! We are commanded by God to go on a journey. It is a life journey.

And as a Father, when His children rebel, God will get our attention in any way He can. Even by allowing storms (illness) to invade our body naturally when we consume too many unhealthy, chemically-laden foods.  Remember that was our choice, not His.

We live under Grace but are responsible for everything we do. Moderation is fine, but who forced us daily consume an entire bag of chips, overeat at the buffet or super-size that fast-food meal?

Like Jonah, God asks us to follow specific orders.  One of those is to keep our bodies holy and take care of this earthly temple He gave us.

1 Peter 1:16 states,  because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.”

But we run away from this responsiblity, don’t we?  Sometimes it seems like a monumental task trying to maintain a healthier lifestyle. Momentary pleasure overrides common sense.

Think of it this way: If we entered the Holy Temple of Jerusalem, we wouldn’t throw trash on that sacred floor, would we? No, but it’s exactly what we’re doing when we continually throw unhealthy food into our bodily temple.

God does not ignore disobedience, as Jonah discovered, no matter how much we feel we “got away with it.”

Look at Jonah again. 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.

Truth #2: there are no victimless crimes! What we do affects others.  You might think, leave me alone! It’s my body! I’ll do what I please!

Okay, Grace again.  But when we eat unhealthily, we will eventually become ill. Heart disease, diabetes, digestive problems, strokes, cancer all trace back to what we eat.

When  we suffer, those around us suffer too! Just ask those who sit by our bedside while we’re in pain!

As parents, God asks us to exemplify higher standards to our families and yet we continue to provide an abundance of fast food, causing our family members to become ill too. 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. (As Jonah found out.) In our case, we might develop a simple belly ache or something worse like diabetes.

Now the question is, since He now has our attention, do we turn from our naiveté and start living and eating right, or do we shake our fist at God, defiantly demanding, Why did You allow this to happen; growing even more defiant, turning away and running away from God?

When faced with seemingly insurmountable goals, we get scared! It’s not easy but stop running! Immediately take baby steps to begin rectifying the situation. Start by consuming whole, nutritious foods. Stop trashing our earthly temple!

“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.”  (1 Corinthians 6: 19-20)    

 

 

 

 

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15 thoughts on “Are You Running Away Like Jonah?

  1. And we add these names in our prayer lists… for heart disease and cancer and yes, God does answer sometimes. He is never limited, but we wonder why?

    Exo 15:26
    And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.

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    • Oh Wendy, you’re so wonderful!!! My first reaction when troubling times come is to seek out a wise woman of God to come alongside me, so thank you for that. I’ve learned as I become a more mature Christian, that God has it all in His Hand – let Him take control because He wants my best. He brought us here to this fantastic, caring church and He is the one who will tell us when it is time to leave. Until then we wait and do as He bids.

      You see, as we were traveling on our first night on vacation, 365 miles away, another 300 to go, in the mountains of West Virginia, without a cell phone connection, a beloved 99 year old member of the church died. We didn’t know until the following day when we were even further away. Two members insinuated the worse about us, gossiping, that we didn’t care enough to call the family. (of course we had no idea it even occurred.) No worries, every church has a Haman and an Athaliah in their congregation, so troublemakers aren’t unusual. We know what happened in that case, 🙂 God is greater and so are your prayers my dear friend, ❤

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      • I have been through similar trials and have not always responded in the right way. The support and encouragement of fellow believers is powerful. I will be a prayer warrior for you, it is our best weapon.

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  2. Great post. I act like Jonah many times when it comes to eating healthy. I’ve gotten much better over the years, but I still struggle. It was health problems (consequences) that made me pay attention and realize how much our food intake affects our health. I accept that health problems were a much needed wake up call from God.

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