Are You Running Away from Your Calling and Destiny?

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Are You Running Away from Your Calling and Destiny?

Jonah was running away from his calling, however, he knew his identity. Knowing your identity will bring you back to your calling so that God will be glorified. Jonah was on a boat going the opposite direction of his calling when a great storm came upon the seas. The sailors were afraid and began asking Jonah questions about the cause of the storm and Jonah’s identity.  How would you answer these questions about your identity and would you take responsibility for the cause of the storm?
Jonah knew he was running away from his calling. He knew that his rebellion, doubt and disobedience was causing the storm. He also was confident that God would calm the storm. He was also confident that God would deliver him.
Then they said to him, Tell us, we pray you, on whose account has this evil come upon us? What is your occupation? Where did you come from? And what is your country and nationality?
And he said to them, I am a Hebrew, and I [reverently] fear and worship the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land. (Jonah’s Identity)
10 Then the men were exceedingly afraid and said to him, What is this that you have done? For the men knew that he fled from being in the presence of the Lord [as His prophet and servant], because he had told them.
11 Then they said to him, What shall we do to you, that the sea may subside and be calm for us? For the sea became more and more [violently] tempestuous.
12 And [Jonah] said to them, Take me up and cast me into the sea; so shall the sea become calm for you, for I know that it is because of me that this great tempest has come upon you. (Jonah takes responsibility for his disobedience)
13 Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring the ship to the land, but they could not, for the sea became more and more violent against them.
14 Therefore they cried to the Lord, We beseech You, O Lord, we beseech You, let us not perish for this man’s life, and lay not upon us innocent blood; for You, O Lord, have done as it pleased You.
15 So they took up Jonah and cast him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging.
16 Then the men [reverently and worship fully] feared the Lord exceedingly, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows. Jonah 1:8-16 (Salvation came to the sailors)
As Jonah surrendered unto the Lord his calling, purpose and destiny, ultimately many lives were saved including an entire community, plus the sailors.

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