The Lord gave this message to Jonah "Get
up and go to the great city of Nineveh.
Announce My judgment against it because
I have seen how wicked its people are.
"But Jonah got up and went in the
opposite direction to get away from the
Lord. He went down to the port of Joppa,
where he found a ship leaving for
Tarshish. He bought a ticket and went on
board, hoping to escape from the Lord by
sailing to Tarshish.
When we run from God …
We run to strange places
We generally underestimate the cost
We are running from the source of
Wisdom, Truth, Love, & Purpose
But the Lord hurled a powerful wind over
the sea, causing a violent storm that
threatened to break the ship apart.
Fearing for their lives, the desperate
sailors shouted to their gods for help
and threw the cargo overboard to lighten
the ship. But all this time Jonah was
sound asleep down in the hold.
So the captain went down after him. "How
can you sleep at a time like this?" he
shouted. "Get up and pray to your god!
Maybe He will pay attention to us and
spare our lives." Then the crew cast
lots to see which of them had offended
the gods and caused the terrible storm.
When they did this, the lots identified
Jonah as the culprit. "Why has this
awful storm come down on us?" they
demanded. "Who are you? What is your
line of work? What country are you from?
What is your nationality?"
Jonah answered, "I am a Hebrew, and I
worship the Lord, the God of heaven, who
made the sea and the land.” The sailors
were terrified when they heard this, for
he had already told them he was running
away from the Lord.
Oh, why did you do it?" they groaned.
And since the storm was getting worse
all the time, they asked him, "What
should we do to you to stop this storm?“
"Throw me into the sea," Jonah said,
"and it will become calm again. I know
that this terrible storm is all my
Instead, the sailors rowed even harder
to get the ship to the land. But the
stormy sea was too violent for them, and
they couldn't make it. Then they cried
out to the Lord, Jonah's God. "O Lord,"
they pleaded, "don't make us die for
this man's sin.
And don't hold us responsible for his
death. O Lord, you have sent this storm
upon him for your own good reasons.“
Then the sailors picked Jonah up and
threw him into the raging sea, and the
storm stopped at once!
The sailors were awestruck by the Lord's
great power, and they offered Him a
sacrifice and vowed to serve Him. Now
the Lord had arranged for a great fish
to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was inside
the fish for three days and three
My child, don't reject the Lord's
discipline, and don't be upset when He
corrects you. For the Lord corrects
those He loves, just as a father
corrects a child in whom he delights.