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You Can Run But You Can't Hide (2 of 6)
July 24, 2011
Last week we saw where Jonah was called by God for a specific task but disobeyed by fleeing the opposite direction, in hopes that he could get as far away from God's voice as possible.
Instead of going roughly 500 miles to the north and east, he went south and west to Joppa (Tel Aviv) and caught a ship headed to Tarshish, 2000 miles to the west on the east of Spain.
The question I asked last week was, "Where is Tarshish for you?"
To where do you go to try and stifle the activity of God in your life to keep from doing what He's calling you to do?
Some of you this morning are running from what God has called you to do.
This morning we are going to see that you can run but you can't hide.
This week we are going to begin seeing the result of Jonah's fleeing from what God had called him to do, which are the very things that can happen to you if you are running from what God has called YOU to do.
First of all,
GOD PURSUES YOU WITH COMPASSION
Notice the first word in verse 4:
It could have just as easily been "And"; as in, "And" the Lord left Jonah to his own devices and helped him have a successful journey to Tarshish where he lived happily ever after.
Or, "So" God killed Jonah because of his disobedience.
I just LOVE that word, don't you?
It shows contrast.
In fact, the word "but" means "on the contrary."
It means that something else is going to happen other than what one might expect.
As you know, this whole book is showing God's relentless pursuit of the reluctant Jonah, because the story is more about Jonah than it is about the Ninevites.
Aren't you grateful that God in His compassion pursues you?
Hopefully you believe that God, in his perfect justice, has every right to leave us to perish in our lostness.
This reminds me of the passage in Ephesians 2 where Paul says of us,
(You can put "I" in the ...
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