Jonah clearly hears the call of God and unabashedly runs in the opposite direction, but even in his disobedience, he can’t help but do what God created him to do. He’s a storyteller, and he can’t help but tell the story of who God is and what God has done. Even with complete strangers in the middle of a storm his story is, “I worship the LORD, the God of heaven, who made land and sea” (Jonah 1:9), and even from the belly of a whale, his prayer is, “You, O LORD my God, brought me back from the depths alive” (Jonah 2:6b). When storytellers are sold out for the Kingdom, they incarnate the Gospel, living out the Good News and helping the rest of us see how we can be living it out too. Jonah, when he decides to do what God called him to do, was an extremely effective storyteller. When any of us employ the gifts God has given us, God will do more than anyone expects, more than what seems reasonable; because ultimately it is God’s work. God has allowed and invited us to participate. How will you respond?
- Jonah 1:1 - 4:11