STOP MAKING MY JOB HARDER! € God Recently while visiting a friend in Montana, we heard a pastor ministering on the Prophet Jonah. He described Jonah as €œhaving to learn things the hard way.€ How many times I have said that about myself€and others! The message and subsequent study of the book of Jonah made me realize a couple of things that probably affects many of us. 1.) We tend to run from God when He doesn't tell us what we want to hear. And even worse€ 2.) We try to tell God how to do His job. As we read in the first chapter of Jonah, God gave him clear instructions and purpose to go to Nineveh. His motive was ultimately to use Jonah as a messenger of destruction of the huge population of this extremely large wicked city. Jonah must have thought he knew the situation better than God and it was a hopeless cause. Bet that's never happened to us, huh? So he ran the other direction in trying to get as far as possible from the Lord and what He had told Jonah clearly to do. The reason? Because God's instruction was something Jonah did not want to do himself or thought was necessary. Basically, he did God's thinking for Him. So, Jonah got in a huff and did what he wanted to do instead. Shall we call this self centered thinking? If that wasn't bad enough, his outright defiance brought about fear, trauma and near death to those on the boat with Jonah when he tried to flee from God. Just as if we defy God's Word or will, it does not affect us alone. Many of those innocent can and will suffer at our hands because of our disobedience. However, out of Jonah's rebelliousness, God became magnified as the men on the boat vowed to the Lord when He saved them. As we know the rest of the story, God allowed Jonah to become a €˜belly dweller'. Totally isolated until he cried €˜uncle'. Ever been there? When God gives us perfectly clear instructions and His desires, the only way it is NOT going to result in perfection, is when we make God's job harder...just like Jonah. Only as the gracious Father He is, Jonah got a second chance to get over his idolatrous thoughts of himself. After God delivered him from the jaws of the whale after 3 days and nights of total isolation, Jonah was again given perfect instructions as to the will of the Lord. Through his obedience, the entire city was brought to believe in God. Even to the point the king made honoring the Lord a proclamation for the entire city. One might say there was certainly €˜no sorrow' as a result of Jonah's obedience. Proverbs 10:22 tells us God's blessings will make life rich. When we obey His will, life will be rich and there will be no sorrow with it as King Solomon so aptly expressed. You would have thought Jonah had learned his lesson the first time around. However, just like many of us, he had to go round that mountain one more time. The last chapter of Jonah tells us about his trying to tell God what to do again. He was provided shelter from the weather by a plant the Lord prepared. But, as a result of his chronic complaining and wishing he were dead, God also took it away. Not to punish him, but hopefully to teach him a lesson. Jonah had finally pushed God to the limit. When he was confronted about his actions, he justified his €œright to be angry, even to death!€ Only this time, God pointedly asked what business it was of his anyway! Jonah 4:10-11 €œBut the LORD said, €œYou have had pity on the plant for which you have not labored, nor made it grow, which came up in a night and perished in a night. 11 And should I not pity Nineveh, that great city, in which are more than one hundred and twenty thousand persons who cannot discern between their right hand and their left€”and much livestock?€ There is so much to learn from Jonah's defiance. If we were to listen, respond and react the first time, we could stop making God's job harder. Or is it going to take you becoming a €˜belly dweller' as a result of your being a belly acher?

Ruth Papalii @deanna ·

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