His name meant dove, and it was a reflection of his life’s purpose as God’s messenger. As the mouthpiece of the Lord, he spread God’s message to his people in Israel. The jobs the Lord had given Him had been local and safe until now.
But things changed. God now wanted him to cross the ocean to give the gospel to a wicked city filled with the enemies of Israel. It was a city in which he could easily be killed. Rather than trusting God through the change, Jonah became fearful and bitter. He fled in the opposite direction.
Jonahs reaction to the change the Lord asked of him was anything but God-glorifying.
How often do we become terrified and resentful of the changes the Lord places in our lives? When our peaceful routine transitions into unfamiliar territory, we are given a choice in how we will react. We can either use the change to glorify the Lord, or bitterly reject it by running away from Him.
How do you respond to change? Perhaps you just lost your job after fifteen years of employment. Maybe your child was diagnosed with a learning disorder. Life is filled with change. But remember, friend, no change can come into your life that is not in God’s plan. It’s your response to the change that counts.
Determine right now to have a God-glorifying change reaction.
God often takes a course for accomplishing His purposes directly contrary to what our narrow views would prescribe. John Newton
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder