How to Succeed: You Can Run, but You Can’t Hide!
Jonah 1:1-3, “V1 The Word of God came to Jonah. V2 Arise go to Nineveh, and cry against it; for their wickedness has come up before me. V3 But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord…” Jonah did everything he could to not obey the commands of God. Jonah felt that he did not have to obey the commands of God. God wanted Jonah to preach to the residents of Nineveh to turn from their evil ways. But, Jonah stated not me Lord and boarded a ship going to Tarshish. Jonah had the misunderstanding that he could run from God by getting on the ship. But, God let him know that “you can run, but you cannot hide from Him”.
Jonah had to learn the hard way that God is with you wherever you may go. God sent a great wind into the sea that caused the ship, going to Tarshish, to rock back and forth fiercely. The crew of the ship threw Jonah overboard as he told them to do so. Jonah let the crew know that God was upset at him and caused the ship to rock back and forth. God had a big fish swallow Jonah whole and he was stuck in the fish belly for three days and nights.
After those three days in the belly of the fish, Jonah asked God for forgiveness and told God that he would go to Nineveh to warn the residents. God, then commanded the big fish to throw Jonah up, and the fish did so setting Jonah free. Jonah went to Nineveh to warn the residents to turn from their sinful ways. The residents changed their ways and God spared their lives for obeying His commands.
The morale of Jonah’s story is that when God commands you to do something just do it. Why waste your time and effort ignoring God, when in the end you will do as He commands anyway. Obeying God is the best thing to do because God only wants the best for His children.
Donya Zimmerman is a business consultant, mediator, and legal professional with over ten years of experience. Donya is also a public speaker and aspiring author. She has a few books in the works that will be published and released in the latter part of 2015. The books will focus on entrepreneurship, small business, and daily devotionals. She is owner of Family & Community Mediation and Business Consulting (FACMBC) based in Baltimore, Maryland and has been in business since 2013. Services provided by FACMBC: Mediation and Conflict Resolution Services; Business Registration Assistance (Limited Liability Company, Corporation, S-Corp, Limited Liability Partnership, etc.); Business Plan Drafting Assistance; Business Certification Assistance (MBE, WOSB, 8A, 501(c) (3), Hub Zone, etc.); and Business Development. She is also a contributing writer to the Maryland Daily Examiner Newspaper. Donya Zimmerman has made article contributions to the Simply Inspirational Women in Business Journal for 2014 published by Dr. Cheryl Cottle.
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