But Jonah ran away from the Lord – Jonah 1:3a

A Lesson from Jonah That We Can All Learn

I’m sure you’re familiar with the story of Jonah and the whale (big fish!). The book of Jonah in the Old Testament is a short book with just four chapters. If you have ten or fifteen minutes, stop and read it through. It’s a great story with a lot of lessons for us.

The thing that stood out to me about this story was that Jonah was bold enough, after hearing exactly from God what he was supposed to do, to intentionally do just the opposite. He got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord.

That stood out at first because I thought to myself, “What a fool! Who would do such a thing?” Then I realized that is what I’ve done time and time again in my own life. Haven’t you?

Look back at the choices you’ve made to try to do things your way. Think about the nights you’ve laid awake with a knot in your stomach, full of fear and anxiety about things that most likely weren’t going to happen anyway. Think about the times you’ve chosen to numb yourself with food, alcohol, drugs, sex, shopping, or something else that wasn’t really the answer you were looking for or needed. When you “sobered up” you felt a little more empty than the day before.

What Jonah needed to do; what you and I need to do, is to humble ourselves and surrender our wills to God. It’s a daily task that will grow a little easier the more you do it. Start today. Don’t go through what Jonah went through. Learn from him.

– Steve Arterburn

Humility is a strange thing. The minute you think you’ve got it, you’ve lost it. – E. D. Hulse

True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less. – C.S. Lewis

Humility means accepting reality with no attempt to outsmart it. – David Rich