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Biblical Wisdom In Plain English

You’ve Tried It Your Way, Now Let’s Do It God’s Way!

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We take ourselves through so many unnecessary situations, instead of just yielding to the will of God in the beginning. Because in the end, God’s way is the only way that will prevail for your good. A familiar passage of scripture that applies to this point, is the story of the Prophet Jonah. Now, no matter what your calling or title may be in the body of Christ, you still have to yield to what God has called you to do, or where He has planted you.

You don’t do what is convenient or comfortable for you, neither what pumps your ego or flattery. But the safest place in the whole wide world is in the will of God! As we look at the story of Jonah in Jonah 1:1: it says: “Now the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying.” (Note: This first verse reminds us that God knows who you are specifically, your background, and where you came from).

God then said to Jonah: “Arise, go to Nineveh that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before Me.” (Again, we note: God spoke specifically to Jonah what his mission was and why God was sending him. There was no confusion here)!

But v. 3 said: “But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.” (Again note: Jonah intentionally disobeyed the instruction of God and leaned to his own understanding, by going in the opposite direction of where God told him to go).

He had purposed in his heart to flee from the presence of God, when God is everywhere. You can’t hide from God, and neither can you outrun Him. But, when you’re out of the will of God, things started going in a downward spiral, just as Jonah went down to Joppa. He no longer acknowledged God for His will, but Jonah did things his way and found a ship of his choice to suit him.

But being out of the will of God will cost you. Jonah paid the fare out of his own pocket; because later we find that after Jonah got in the will of God, and he was able to run in the right direction for no charge. Isn’t it interesting that the moment you get out of the will of God, you stop running with the saints but start running with the world?

The Bible said: “Jonah went with them i.e. other people on the boat going to Tarshish, trying to escape the presence of God. Now, that was Jonah’s way of doing things his way. However, we find you will not find true deliverance and peace until you do it God’s way. Some things God has called you to do in life and you do not have a choice! So, you might as well stop fighting God and surrender to Him.

Verse 4 said: “But the Lord sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.” God will always give us time to repent and get things right, but once the chastening of God starts, it’s going to get rough!

Jonah 1:17 and Jonah 2:1 it said “Now the Lord had prepared a great fish, to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. Then Jonah prayed unto the Lord his God out of the fish’s belly.” Do you need a week in hell to get your attention to obey God’s way and not yours. When Jonah made up his mind to pray to his God, and not listen to his reasoning (nor should we be influenced by weak saints or carnal people), God spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah upon dry land.”

Has your disobedience and leaning to your own understanding put you in a place where you are neither hot nor cold and God needs to vomit you from your carnal situation? Well today is the day when you have tried it your way and realize it’s not working. So, let’s change your course and start doing it God’s way because at the end nothing else really matters. 

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