A Detour in the Road

Tuesday, August 2, 2005  7:00 a.m.

Dear Diary,

Has God ever told you to do something, but your own disobedience caused a detour in the road?  Yet, when all was said and done, you were still left with that same call of God to do what He told you to do in the first place?  If only you had obeyed in the beginning a lot of heartache and sorrow would have been averted.  Jonah is a great example of this. God told Jonah to go to Nineveh and cry out against that great city.  But instead, Jonah jumps a boat and tries to hide from God.  When a storm arose and the sailors feared for their lives, Jonah told the sailors to throw him overboard.  He just expected to drown in the sea and it would be all over.  But God had other plans.  God sent a great fish and Jonah found himself in the belly of a fish instead of drowning.  Jonah tried to die at the hands of the sea, but instead he was in hell for three days.   “I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord, and he head me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice.” (Jonah 2:2).  Jonah thought that he could hide from God in the bottom of a boat, and God showed him that he can’t even hide from God in the belly of a fish.  After 3 days and 3 nights God had the fish vomit Jonah up.  And what did God say to Jonah then?  The same thing He said earlier – Go to Nineveh and cry out against that great city.  Jonah took a detour in the road, but he still arrived at the same destination.  How often do we take a detour in the road instead of obeying God the first time?  We will still arrive at the same destination only more tattered.

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