Session 3

Running To God Is Always A Win

From Jonah: A 7-Day Devotional

When little children try to hide, their entire body might be visible, but if their eyes are covered, they think we cannot see them.

We are like these children when we ignore God. How could we believe our creator would not see into the heart He made? “O Lord, you have searched me, and you know me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways … Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence” (Psalm 139:1-3, 7).

Jonah boarded a ship going in the opposite direction from where God commanded, putting himself and others at risk of death. Did he think God was ignoring the sea that day? Did he think God wouldn’t see him? Did he care?

Aren’t we like Jonah? We think our plans are better than God’s. He says move; we want to stay because it’s comfortable. He says wait; fear causes disastrous decisions without prayerful consideration.

Running from God leads to pain for us, for others and sometimes both. More importantly, it denies God His glory that can be accomplished through us. Running to him is always a win.

Reflect:

  • How are you asking Jesus into the decisions you make each day?
  • How do you find your life different when you have and have not sought his advice?
  • Is there a struggle that is a concern for you now? If so, there are willing volunteers who serve on our Care and Prayer Team waiting to meet with you after each service on Sunday, or online here.

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Devotionals From This Study

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Session 1

What To Do When You Have No Way Out

Sometimes we find ourselves trapped in tough situations in which it appears like there is no way out. Maybe the circumstances are because...

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Session 2

What Will You Give Up For God?

The notion of sacrifice in the Old Testament can be uncomfortable for us.  It conjures images of blood and death.  We are more ...

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Session 3

Running To God Is Always A Win

When little children try to hide, their entire body might be visible, but if their eyes are covered, they think we cannot see them. We a...

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Session 4

Obedience Calms The Storm

Jonah was given a clear directive. There was no mistake about what the Lord had said: Go to Nineveh and preach against it (Jonah 1:2). Jo...

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Session 5

Is God Really Listening?

You pull up to a drive-thru window, place your order, pull around to pay and after driving off, you discover that what’s in the bag...

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Session 6

Are You Really Sorry?

A young child looks out for himself. If someone has the toy he wants, he protests by taking it or hurting someone. Parents usually respon...

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Session 7

God Is Not Punishing You

At an outdoor concert, you meet some people relaxing on a grassy bank. After mingling awhile, you tell them about Jesus, and several repe...

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