There was a man in the Old Testament whose name was Jonah. God told him to do something, but he run away and thought he could hide from the presence of God. Then God commanded a big fish to swallow him. Miraculously, he survived in the belly of the fish for three days. During these three days he did three things:
- He realized he was wrong.
- He repented for his disobedience to God.
- He believed that God can still help him and prayed to God with faith.
The Scripture says “And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land” (Jonah 1:10).
This is our story: Your story and my story. This is the story of our generation too. We believe in God, but run away from his commandments. We try to hide or want to interpret God’s commandments according to our desires, but not according to how the Holy Spirit guides the church: the community of true saints. When we do this and hide from the face of the Lord, or do something we are not supposed to do, or postpone doing good, it will never go well for us.
The moment of truth
When you realize this, here comes the moment of the truth. This is the time, when you need to stop and ask yourself: “am I doing what God wants me to do, or am I hiding from him?” Once you honestly realize this, it should lead you to sincere repentance and turning your heart to Jesus.
God knows your heart. He knows what your thoughts are. You can run away for a little while, but you can’t hide from him. He knows everything about your. He is just waiting for you to turn to him. Once he sees you turning to him, he will run to you, like the father in the proverb about the prodigal son. He is constantly knocking your door and waiting for you to open it. He will not break it to save you because he is Love, and breaking your door would not be considered an act of Love. But the Lord Jesus says in Revelations 3:20 “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”
Repentance Is an Action
If this is you today? Make a move. Do the three things Joan did in the belly of the great fish. Let God know about your repentance. Open your heart for Jesus and obey his commandments. Change your life instantly because the Lord is waiting for you to make the necessary commands to turn your life around.