Jonah: Called and fleeing

During the month of September, this Focus on Faith column will take a devotional walk through the Biblical book of Jonah. Each week will focus on one chapter of the book.

The book of Jonah begins, “Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah, son of Amittai, saying, ‘Go at once to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before me.’ But Jonah set out to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.”

Has there ever been something that you were asked to do, or that you believed you were called to do, but you did not want to do it?

Jonah was called by God to go and cry out against Nineveh. Instead, Jonah hopped the first boat in the other direction, fleeing to Tarshish. However, it turns out that one cannot flee from God. The Lord hurled a great wind on the sea. &nbsp;&nbsp;<ahref=""><spanstyl... 13px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">To view more, please log in or subscribe to the digital edition.</span></a></p>


    In last week’s Focus, I wrote about two doors listed in the Scriptures. One door was an open door which God gives as an invitation to hope and our calling, an open door which no one can shut.