03 Aug God’summon, Jonah’s response.
Calvary greeting to you and yours. His goodness and mercy shall follow you today. You are blessed in Jesus name.
When God calls people to do something their initial response is almost one of fear.
Moses when called of God to deliver the children from the land of bondage in Egypt, had a hundred and one reasons why God should look elsewhere. Moses’ response can be captured vividly in this word, “here I am, send Aaron”.
In his response to God’s call, Gideon said this, “Oh my lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? Behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house”. (Judges 6:15).
In his book, Jonah gave a vivid description of his response to the call. It was one of rejection, to the invitation by God to go to preach repentance to the People of Nineveh. He reported himself this way, ”But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord”…(Jonah 1:3)
I wish to say here that there must be something God sees in a man before extending His invitation to him. There must be a reason why among millions of men of diverse tongues God chose to call a man, a family or a nation.
It is a great privilege to be invited to partner with God in the execution of His will and purpose in life. The scriptures say, “and no man put this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God” as was Aaron. (Hebrew 5:4)
It is an invitation to help further the cause of God on earth. God relies heavily on man for the execution of His will on earth. Men that He called are agent of positive change on earth. They help to advance the kingdom of God on earth. They are set over nations and kingdoms “to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy and to throw down, to build and to plant”. (Jeremiah 1:10).
Men who heeded the call of God usually come to the end of their lives with a sense of fulfillment. Paul says” I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day” ( 2 Timothy 4:7-8).
Abraham heeded the call and became the father of nations. Christ’s obedience to the point of death brought many sons to glory (Hebrew 2:10).
My prayer for you is that you will finish well in Jesus name. You will not fall by the wayside, the Lord will strengthen and keep you from falling.