Hebrews 4: 13 – ‘And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do’.
You probably do not realize but we have all at one point or the other run away from God. What we however fail to realize is that even in our running away from God ultimately leads us right back to God. Right back to the very thing we didn’t want to do. They are various examples, but we’re looking at Jonah today.
Jonah 1: 5 says, ‘But Jonah ran away from the Lord…’ Prior to this God had instructed Jonah to go to Nineveh. Jonah did not put in mind the fact that before he was formed, God knew him (Jeremiah 1: 5). He did not take into account the fact that before the foundations of the earth, God was. He did not take into account the fact that in Job 34: 21 the bible says, ‘For His eyes are upon the ways of a man, And He sees all his steps’.
On his quest to run away from God, Jonah somehow finds himself inside the belly of the whale. Why was Jonah even running away from the assignment in the first place? We find the answer in Jonah 4: 2, ‘He prayed to the LORD, “Isn’t this what I said, LORD, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity’.
Essentially, Jonah was a prophet who did not want God to show the people of Nineveh mercy. Jonah had apparently forgotten the word of God in Exodus 33: 19 that He will have mercy on whom He will have mercy on.
In the God scheme of things, God will always have His way. We may not like it, we may think He is too nice but just imagine if He was not nice to you. Where would you be? What we fail to realize is that every time we run away from God we are denying a certain number of people from experiencing the mercy of God and if denying this opportunity is actually your goal, God wants you to desist from it. Because if you don’t, their salvation will come from another place and there will only be one place left for you.
But thank God He will have mercy on whom He will have mercy on, but please yield to god, yield to God before He uses someone else.