In my last blog entry, we saw the wonderful results of what can happen when someone is faithful to God’s call, and chooses not to run away. Mordecai and Esther both chose to heed His call and do what He asked of them.
In this short blog entry, I want to remind us of the disastrous results that come from not heeding His call, and running the other way. There is a heavy price for our unfaithfulness, and disobedience will cost us dearly. Let’s return to the story of Jonah:
“But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. So he went down to Joppa, found a ship, which was going to Tarshish, paid the fare, and went down into it to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. And the LORD hurled a great wind on the sea and there was a great storm on the sea so that the ship was about to break up.” Jonah 1:4-5
When we, God’s followers, run away from His call and live in disobedience, we pay the price. Often times, in our selfishness, we forget that we are not the only ones that suffer the results of disobedience. In fact, our sin can have lasting consequences on future generations! (Numbers 14:18) Sadly, we often don’t even care and continue on living in disobedience, hardening our hearts to the LORD’s voice. When Jonah ran away from God’s call on his life, he brought great danger upon every person that was on the boat, as God’s judgment came upon them via a terrible storm.
We need to understand that the result of our sin – our disobedience and running away – affect not just ourselves, but also those around us and those whom we love. My question for us all is, “Do we care?” And if yes, then what are we going to do about it?
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