Have you ever known someone who was always angry? Someone who was grumpy at best? Some people go through life surly and mad. They’re not too pleasant to be around, right? Did you know that one of the Old Testament prophets was like this? During most of the book of Jonah, the prophet was angry. This week, we will look at lessons from the life of Jonah, the grumpy prophet.
The story begins in Jonah 1:1-3, “The word of the LORD came to Jonah son of Amittai: ‘Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.’
But Jonah ran away from the LORD and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the LORD.” (NIV)
In this passage, we don’t see any obvious anger from Jonah. But we do see someone who did not want to obey God. So, Jonah decided to run away. He booked passage on a ship for the farthest port, hoping to stay away from God.
Many people today also try to run away from God, often because they don’t want to obey him. But, as we’ll see in Jonah’s story, no matter where you go, God is there. As we’ll seen in Jonah’s life, it is best to rely on God and follow him.
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