This past Sunday I preached on Jonah 1 & 2. In my preparation for the sermon I found myself struck by this one detail, this one verse that lodged itself in my head. It’s the last part of 1:5:
“But Jonah had gone below deck, where he lay down and fell into a deep sleep.”
In the midst of all that running and avoiding God he laid down and fell asleep. And a deep sleep at that. Its essentially the Hebrew way of saying, “he snored.” He fell asleep so hard he snored. He was comfortable.
We often pitch Jonah as this story of one man stopping at nothing to run away from God and His call. We turn the story into running away from a call to ministry. But its more than that. Its about all kinds of running away from God, not just the big stuff. Its about running away from God in the smaller, more “ordinary” calls too.
Its about letting your comfort become your priority over God’s call on your life. And when it comes to comfort, some of the best “running” from God we do is by refusing to get up off the couch.
Some estimates have it that the average American watches between four and five hours of TV a day. So if your excuse is “I just don’t have time to do what God is asking me to do!” then I have to push back and say:
My prayer for you today is that you would not make your own comfort an idol. That instead you would have the wisdom and the courage to listen to and act on whatever it might be, big or small, that God is calling you to do.
Grace and peace.