Sometimes we ignore God intentionally, but most of the time it happens because we’re so caught up in making our lives turn out according to our hopes and dreams that we just leave God out of the picture. We’re so sure our ideas of how our lives should go is spot on that we just assume God agrees with us. We lose sight of the fact that what is important to us might not be important to him and vice versa.
In the Bible there’s a story about a guy named Jonah. You probably know it. In fact, when most people hear the name Jonah the first thing that comes to mind is this poor man huddled in a ball inside the belly of a huge fish. No doubt about it, Jonah is a fish story, but it is so much more than that. It’s a story about ignoring God and then running from him. It’s a story about God and how he reacts to people who run from him. And it is a story about what is truly most important in life.
You and I probably will not spend any time inside a fish’s intestines, but we do live in the same kind of a world in which Jonah lived. It is a world of ups and downs, ecstasy and tragedy, good and evil, happiness and sadness – all served up in varying degrees and quantities. It’s a world that is hard to make sense of, especially if we ignore God.
If God is just an occasional afterthought in your daily life, the lessons Jonah learned thousands of years ago might be a refreshing alternative to what you experience each day. Far from being just the account of a wayward believer, the story of Jonah presents truths that transform our lives.
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