Running from God
the Jonah complex:
Now the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, Arise, go
to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before
Jonah was given a specific task from God That He should go to Nineveh,and preach
repentance,because of their wicked ways.The Bible doesn’t say why Jonah was running from God,only that He was running.
He disobeyed Gods command and went to Joppa,to find 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.(Jonah 1:3)
Has gods spirit spoken to You ?Maybe He has challenged You to do a specific job
for Him.This is what God wanted Jonah to do.Just to preach to the folks at
Nineveh,to cause them to repent of their evil.
Maybe the job isn’t preaching,it may be praying for someone,or telling someone
about His son Jesus.What ever it is ,We can learn a lot from Jonah’s disobedience.
But the Lord sent out a great wind into t sea, and there was a mighty tempest in
the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken. Then the mariners were afraid, and
cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the
sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and
he lay, and was fast asleep. So the Captain of the ship, came to him, and said unto
him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will
think upon us, that we perish not.And he said unto them, Take me up, and cast me
forth into the sea; so shall the sea be calm unto you: for I know that for my sake
this great tempest is upon you. So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the
The sailors were afraid they would die,and didn’t know what to do.Then Jonah told
them it was because of Him,and told them to throw Him into the sea.
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 .Jonah 1:17
Then Jonah prayed unto the Lord his God out of the fish’s belly, And said, I cried
by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell
cried I, and thou heard my voice. For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the
midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves
passed over me. Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again
toward thy holy temple.Jonah 2:1-4 Jonah finally repented after disobeying the
Lord,and the fish put him on dry land. All this happened to Jonah because He refused to heed the word of God.
The Lord told Him a second time to go to Nineveh and Jonah went.God is the god
of second chances.Jonah was given a second chance and He took advantage of
it,fearing the Lord.
Jonah preached to the people of Nineveh and they repented of their evil.God saw
their works and spared the great city of Nineveh.These peoples lives depended on Jonah preaching the word.Just think of the consequences if Jonah had not listened to God.
If god has a work for You to do, know this,he will equip You with everything You need,no matter the job.Don’t run from God,but run to God.Someones life may be changed because You shared the gospel.Break free from the Jonah complex.
by Sammy Smith