Have you read the story of Jonah lately? Every time my grandson and I read the Bible together, we read about Jonah—how he didn’t obey God, fled and got swallowed up by a whale. Read Jonah to get the whole story—it’s not just for kids!
Today I read the book of Jonah on my own. What caught my attention was his faith in God.
In Jonah 4:2 he says this about God;
I know that You are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger and abundant in loving-kindness, One who relents from doing harm
Jonah knew the character of God and had faith that He wouldn’t be anything but faithful. Why then did Jonah disobey God and run the other way?
Basically, Jonah did not let his faith in God change him.
He lived a life where He knew all about God but didn’t actually know Him.
I’ve lived this lifestyle and understand how comforting it can be. But the truth is—in living this lifestyle we miss the whole point.
Our faith in God must rearrange our life—transform us—causing us to become who we know God is. It must also draw us near to Him—where we actually know Him and experience what we believe. Knowing God causes personal relationship—relationship leads to obedience—the more we are with Jesus the more we become like Him.
Our goal in life is to live and be like Jesus. Please be encouraged to let your faith in God transform you.
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