Daily Devotional from Eagles' Wings
Today: Monday, April 22, 2019
But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.
It is sad to see Jonah trying to get away from the presence of the Lord. Jonah was blessed as a prophet of God while he sought Gods presence, but now he looks a forlorn figure as he hurries to get away from the Lord.
Many Christians spend much of their lives running away. They run away from witnessing, they run away from difficulties, they run away from the call to surrender fully, and all the time they are running away from God Himself. Maybe you are a runaway Christian. Once you loved to live close to the Lord, but something has happened to you. Now, if you are honest, you will have to admit that you seem to be keeping out of the Lords way.
Have you ever thought of how foolish you are being? You cannot really get out of Gods presence. Psalm 139, which Jonah would certainly have known, asks, Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: . . . if I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me (vv. 7-10).
In any case, no child of God should ever want to get out of the Lords presence, for in His presence, as the Bible tells us, there is fulness of joy. It is only as we live close to God that we know that fulness of joy. The runaway Christian is miserable; the Christian who abides in Gods presence is happy.
The moment that Jonah made up his mind to act in disobedience he lost the sense of the Lords presence in his soul.
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