“But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord.” “Now the Lord had arranged for a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was inside the fish for three days and three nights.” Jonah 1:3 & 17
I’ve been going through a time of harsh times lately that have left me terribly discontent in several aspects of my life. I think that God uses these things sometimes to loosen my roots and to make it easier for a change in my life as He moves me on to the next part of His plan for me.
This brings up something that I want to briefly remind all of us who are believers in Christ. Giving our lives to Him means the total surrender of ourselves and giving ourselves to the knowledge that His plans for our lives are best. This means always being sensitive to His nudging, calling, and leading in a prayerful way in all areas of our lives. Using Jonah as an example we can see that if we ignore or disregard His calling sometimes He can put us in uncomfortable situations for seasons of our lives to refocus us and help us to see that His way is best.
“Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:2-4
“Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” Mark 10:15
For some time now, I’ve been hearing “have a childlike faith” ringing in my ears. When I think and pray about what that means I’m struck with the portrait of a little boy with a loving father. The boy both realizes that he is small and incapable and that his dad is big, strong, and in his little mind can do anything. To that little boy his dad is a super hero!
How much more is God to us than an earthly father to his son? I think many times we try to put God in a box and to limit the miracles that He can do because it’s out of our comfort-zone. I don’t know about you but, when I read my bible and see the wonders that He has done and promises to continue it makes me want so much more of Him.
Maybe it’s time to step outside of ourselves and to ask God to open our spiritual eyes and our hearts to His wonders. Maybe it’s time to ask to have the wonderment of a child as He shows us glimpses of the supernatural realm in which He works and moves. Maybe it’s time that we have full faith and see that our Heavenly Father can; if they are in His will for our lives, make all of our dreams come true.
What is He telling you today? Will you trust Him and move in the way that He’s leading or like Jonah will you scoff at His will and attempt to go the other way?
Maybe it’s time to ask forgiveness and to go in the way that He is leading and to simply have a childlike faith and trust in the Creator of the Universe who is our Father God.
“you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” Romans 8:15
Abba, Father God; we come before you realizing today just how very small and powerless we really are. Show us today and every day glimpses of the supernatural and give us the awe like little children who look up to loving parents on a picturesque Christmas morning. Reignite the sparkle in our eyes and open them to Your wonders and majesty. Give us boldness and courage to follow you in every circumstance like an unafraid child clinging to a loving father’s hand. God, we are Your children and we love you. We surrender ourselves to You completely. You are our Creator, our Father, and our King! Help us to hear you clearly so that we will know Your will. Help us to know how to respond and to have the boldness and courage to step out in faith. Show us miracles and work them in our own lives so that we can have testimonies to share with others and so that we can know of Your amazing love and faithfulness. Go with us and bless us now. Lord bless us and keep us. Shine Your glorious face upon us, and be gracious to us. God of hope, lift up Your countenance upon us, show us Your favor, give us Your peace, and fill us with all joy and peace in believing, that we may abound in hope by the power of Your Holy Spirit. We pray these things in the name of Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior, AMEN!