A children’s favorite bedtime story is Dr. Seuss’s classic Oh! The Places You’ll Go! It’s a cute and inspiring story of overcoming obstacles and defeat in the journey of our lives. At one point the narrator proclaims, “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your way. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the one who’ll decide where to go.”
Sometimes that can truly be our problem: We simply decide. See, Psalm 37:23 reminds us, “The steps of a man are established by the Lord when he delights in His way.” We are not on our own. We ought not to desire to just simply choose wherever we want to go. The Lord ought to direct our feet.
Over the past several weeks, we have taken a close look at the life of Gideon who obediently responded to the call of God on his life. But, what happens when we don’t like what God has called us to do? What happens when we steer ourselves any direction we choose? This week, we turn to the example of Jonah—a man who was quick to act and respond but not in the way of obedience.
Fleeing from the presence of Lord costs us much more than we realize. As we study Jonah’s life, we will find that his story echoes too much of our own. We are Jonah. Thankfully, there’s Good News. One greater than Jonah is here. And, even when the enemy provides a ship for you to get away from the will of God, God has a way of providing something even greater than a ship to bring you back.