Some of the biggest regrets people have are missed opportunities. If they would’ve taken a chance, their life would be so much better. Jonah was presented with an opportunity to be used by God, but he chose to run away, which led to a storm, followed by being swallowed by a fish and then being spit out.
“Then the men became extremely frightened and they said to him, “How could you do this?” For the men knew that he was fleeing from the presence of the LORD, because he had told them.”
“How Could You Do This?”
Jonah is a short book in a part of the Bible called the Minor Prophets. They are not minor because they are not equal to the other prophets, but their books are usually smaller. Jonah is a well-known Bible story because a fish swallowed him, but his book’s message much deeper. He was a prophet who didn’t want to do the assignment God gave him, so he ran away. God caused a massive storm which put the ship he was on in peril. The sailors were in disbelief that he would run from God.
People run from God in all different ways. Some do it physically, while others do it mentally. Either way, it never turns out well. Some enter a season of storms in their lives while others live with the nagging feeling of unfinished business. They even have friends who ask them, “why?” If they continue in life doing their own thing, they often live with a sense of regret. It doesn’t have to be that way.
If God leads you to do something for Him, it is essential to step out in faith. If you ignored it in the past and think that you won’t get another chance, you are wrong. God is always looking for those who have an open heart to be used. Be open, available, and ready, and He will come knocking.