Jonah 1:3 But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from being in the presence of the Lord [as His prophet] and went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish [the most remote of the Phoenician trading places then known]. So he paid the appointed fare and went down into the ship to go with them to Tarshish from being in the presence of the Lord [as His servant and minister].[AMP]
God commissioned Jonah to cry out to a city that needed mercy. Jonah in his pride refused. As we look at ourselves Jonah’s story is familiar in many whys to our life. The word of God directs to us display his character. Just as Jonah, we at times allow our view to influence our actions. Jonah was humbled by circumstances orchestrated by God. We must be careful not to act as Jonah in words and deeds. Obedience to God requires faith. God’s Grace is ordained to help us when we stumble in doing Gods will.
Gods grace liberates us apart from pardoning sin. First we have God’s unmerited favor in salvation, second Grace provides us with unhindered access to do God’s will. In this knowledge we must trust God’s direction in life. We must never allow our view to influence the condition of our heart. God is well aware that we are not flawless. We must never be guilty of frustrating the grace of God through our carnal actions and deeds. We serve a God who gave us his very best and we should never tarnish it by continued old habits. We are new creatures in him!
Paul tells us in 2 Cor 1:12 It is a reason for pride and exultation to which our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world [generally] and especially toward you, with devout and pure motives and godly sincerity, not in fleshly wisdom but by the grace of God (the unmerited favor and merciful kindness by which God, exerting His holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, and keeps, strengthens, and increases them in Christian virtues).[AMP]