I don’t know about you, but I’m bypassing the belly of the whale and heading straight to Nineveh!
I want to be able to hear God when He is speaking to me and with all my heart I DO want to OBEY. I need to be in the right place, and by this I mean spiritually, so that I am able to hear His voice, listen and be obedient. He has blessing after blessing planned for us and when we don’t seek Him and obey, we are missing all these blessings intended just for us. Just think of all the blessings we miss when we don’t listen to God and follow Him!
Jonah feared God and the task that God had laid before him. Sometimes what God is asking of us doesn’t seem “doable”! We think, “WHAT?!?!”, the money isn’t there, the time isn’t right, not enough faith, and just not enough courage. The
excuses list could go on and on. . . But the saying tells us that the WILL of God will never lead you where the GRACE of God can not keep you!
Blessings from our heavenly Father can come to us in so many different forms. My Daddy told me last week that he did not want me to miss out on a single one of God’s BLESSINGS! He wants so bad for me to have EVERYTHING that God has intended for me to have. I so want that for myself as well as each and every one of you. I think in order to receive some of these blessings we have to listen and obey. Go where He nudges, even if it looks a little like Nineveh!
Prepare us Oh Lord to HEAR you voice, SEE your direction and OBEY your will for our lives.
Ask this question, “Are you where you need to be spiritually to receive God’s blessings?”
“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord, you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ” Colossians 3:23-24. (NKJV)
“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself” Philippians 2:3 (NKJV). Expand your territory and multiply you blessings by applying this Scripture!
Jonah should not be left just for the children. His is a story of great life lessons. Among them are OBEDIENCE and the willingness of spirit. We need to listen and obey. Jonah did as God asked, but continued to cause problems! (That’s a story for another day!) But for now. .. bypass the belly!!! GO where HE leads! Blessings will be poured upon you.
“He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” Romans 8:32 (NIV, 2011)