Updated: Aug 3, 2019
Have you ever had someone chase you? Whether it's for fun or running for your life, being chased is exhausting. You're trying to catch your breath and think about how to get away at the same time. Anxiety is very high while trying to get away.
What about when God chases us? Yes, God chases us. Sometimes God may chase us by causing things to happen to get our attention. Those things can include shifting relationships, like a break-up from a person that isn't good for us. The person may have been a distraction from what God wanted to do in our lives. God may have intervened to put us on the right path. It seems like these moments are hard, dark moments, but they are really helpful.
God doesn't just show up in our darkest moments; He also shows up at any time while we’re on our journey. We think we have the perfect job, but all of a sudden, we get fired. We think we have the perfect house, but all of a sudden it gets burned down. When these things happen, we may ask ourselves, did God want me to take that job? Did God really want me to buy that house? Did God want me to date or marry that person? Our first reaction shouldn't be to get mad at God, but seek Him so He will put us back the right path.
I know this is difficult to do, especially when it relates to something we really want, but if God isn't the foundation of whatever we are doing, it may not be from God. It may not be part of the purpose He has for us. God gives us a choice to follow His will, but even when we choose what is wrong, He will guide us back to the right track.
There's a story in the Bible about a man named Jonah. He didn't want to go to a place called Nineveh to preach the Word. Instead, he went in a completely different direction. The direction Jonah chose did not work out for him because God had purposed for him to go to Nineveh. One day, there was a huge storm that greatly tossed the boat Jonah was on. It made the other men throw Jonah overboard. They threw him into the sea, where a huge fish swallowed him. Jonah repented, and God saved Him. Then God told Jonah again his purpose. This time Jonah was obedient.The storm that Jonah went through, caused him to be swallowed up by a fish and repent.
There may something swallowing you up because you are running from what God is calling you to do. It's time to stop running. You may be tired of being tired because of you have been running from your purpose. You may be miserable and feel like nothing is ever going to change.
There are so many lessons about living your purpose in the Book of Jonah. Today, if you're in the middle of a storm or feel like you are being swallowed up with wrong choices, it's time to make it right because your purpose is chasing you. Repent and get on the path God has for you. You will be glad you did.