Jonah 2:1-2 God Hears You Where You Are

From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the LORD his God. He said: “In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help.” Jonah 2:1-2

Jonah had tried to run from the call of God by jumping on ship and going a different direction. Using an extremely violent storm, God got his attention. After being thrown overboard, God had a large fish swallow him up. While in the fish Jonah cried out to God and God heard him.

Jonah describes the place he was in, the fish, as a realm of the dead. Inside a fish is the place for dead things. The fish has eaten and the body is digesting the food for its own nourishment. As far as Jonah was concerned he was good as dead, yet he cried out to God for help.

Some people have walked away from God, choosing to live a life of the ways of this world. They reject going to church or anything to do with God. As they are running from God, it may appear as though God does not know where they are or what they are doing. God still does know exactly where they are. One must remember that God is everywhere. No one can run so far as to get completely out of God’s sight.

Many people have turned back to God when they were on their deathbed or in the lowest pits of their life. God has always accepted them back.

There are times in your own life where you may have chosen to walk away from God. You may even be there right now. Whether you realize it or not, God is still pursuing you. He loves you with an undying love. The moment you cry out to Him, He will be right there with you.

No matter how much you have run from God, He will always accept you back as soon as you call out to Him. Just as Jonah cried out when in trouble, you can cry out to God when in trouble. This can be trouble others brought on, or trouble you brought on from running from God. Return to God and give your life to Him. Trust that He loves you enough to take you back.

I pray today that you will know the love of God in your life; that you will live your life for God; that you will  not run from God; and that you will always know that God hears your prayers.

Jonah 1:4 God Knows Where You Are

Then the LORD sent a great wind on the sea and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up. Jonah 1:4

God had told Jonah, a prophet, to go to the city of Nineveh and preach against it. Nineveh was known as a rough and tough city that did not believe in God at all. Jonah had refused to go and tried to run away from God. He got on a boat and went the opposite direction. While on the boat God sent a great storm to destroy the boat.

The sailors, who did not necessarily follow God, recognized that the storm was unusual and was from some god. They also knew that Jonah was running from his God. The storm did get the sailors and Jonah’s attention. Jonah has them throw him overboard and the storm stopped immediately.

There are people who hear the voice of God calling them, but they refuse to follow Him at all. They attempt to run from Him. As they do they will often feel uncomfortable and convicted. Many will grow angry with believers because they feel as though they are being targeted, when in reality it is God who is trying to get their attention.

Along with the people who never knew God, there are many in the church who have chosen to walk away from God. They are refusing to do what God wants them to do, yet they still go to church every week. They try to live as a believer, even though they are not doing what God has asked of them. God knows right where they are and is trying to get their attention.

Believers who are living like that are usually very miserable. They do not have any joy in their life, because they know they are running from God and what He wants. There is no peace in running. The calamities that come up in life are God trying to get their attention back onto Him.

If you are one of those who are running from God, it is time to turn around and run back to Him. God always welcomes back His children. God is also always right there where you are. You cannot run away so far that God does not know where you are. Live for God and do what He wants, it is a fulfilling and great life.

I pray today that you will do what God wants; that you will never run from God; that you will always be walking with God; and that God will be able to use you to build His kingdom.

Deuteronomy 30:4 You Will Be Brought Back

Even if you have been banished to the most distant land under the heavens, from there the LORD your God will gather you back. Deuteronomy 30:4

Moses had told the people that if they follow God with all of their heart, they will prosper and be made the head of all nations. He also said that if they disobey God, they would be destroyed as a nation. The people are warned that they will fall away from God in the future, but they are also given some hope. After they have fallen away and been scattered over the earth, if they turn back to God, He will bring them back, regardless of how far away they are.

There are some people who grew up in a Christian home, serving and loving God. As they get to teen-age or young adult levels, they walk away from God. They start choosing a path that is far from God and filled with great sin.

Years later, someone reminds them of Jesus, and they turn it down, because they feel they have walked too far away from God to get back. Many feel that they have sinned too much for God to forgive them anymore and that God does not want them again.

You may be in that place. A lonely place where you have chosen things that pulled you away from God. You chose to disobey God and walk away and feel you can’t get back.

No matter how far you have walked away from God, you can still get back to Him. God is everywhere, even where you are as you try to walk away from Him. As soon as you turn towards Him, He turns and runs to you.

God does not seek to destroy you. He has no desire to destroy anyone. Jesus came to save everyone in the world, which includes you. God will go any distance needed to get you to come back to Him or to come to Him for the first time.

Accept the forgiveness Jesus offers and start serving and loving God again. He will love and restore you. He wants that relationship with you.

Are you loving God?

Or are you running in fear from Him?

I pray today that you will give your life to God; that you will return to God with all of your heart; that you will know the forgiveness Jesus gives; and that God will restore you to what He wants you to be.