Jonah 1:12 New International Version (NIV) “Pick me up and throw me into the sea,” he replied, “and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you.”
A time came in the life of Abram. God said to the patriarch abandon ship, that is moving away or relocate from your country, see Genesis 12:1 King James Version (KJV) “Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee.” God may be saying to the man or woman reading this message, forsake ship. In life, we need to understand what God’s plan is. His scheme is either remain or relocate for a reason, all the time it is better left to Him. Such as His plans for Abram. The end was a fantastic relationship between Abraham and God.
Another way is to seek God’s input before we can abandon ship. Isaac due to famine opted to relocate, in fact, he started the journey. See Genesis 26:1 (KJV) The Lord appeared “And the LORD appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of.” Genesis 26:2 (KJV) Right now do a self-check-in with God. Ask yourself “am I to abandon ship or remain at my present location?” meditate with and wait for the answer. Both Abram and Isaac heard crystal clear from God before the next journey. For the obedient Isaac sowed where he was and received prosperity. See Genesis 26:12-13 New King James Version (NKJV) 12 “Then Isaac sowed in that land and reaped in the same year a hundredfold, and the LORD blessed him.” 13 “The man began to prosper and continued prospering until he became very prosperous.”
Your success with God depends on obedience according to His Word.
Jonah refused to obey the command from God, instead of going to Nineveh he went down into Tarshish. For his disobedience, God sent out a great storm. Perhaps the hassle in your life is God hoping to evoke your attention for the right course. Stop what you are doing and contemplate on Him. Jonah decided to abandon ship, see Jonah 1:12 (NIV)
Before you abandon ship, make sure to put on the life jacket. The life jacket is Jesus. Either you remain where you are or relocate, hold on with the life jacket.
Besides, many days from now West Bow Press, a division of Thomas Nelson & Zondervan. Shall release a book: 12 Steps Relationship and Freedom; Call No Man Father. In which I talked about how to attain FREEDOM, by a relationship with the Father. I zero in on abuse, depression and… There are three key steps (in the book) biblically that must be followed “obediently” for absolute liberty. The tree of good and evil, what is the gift from that tree?
Jonah somewhat knows and trust God for his life. He was not afraid to die (be thrown overboard) to save his life. The odds for a living is better thrown into the sea than to remain onboard (“the ship was about to be broken up.” verse 4 of Jonah 1) see what the scriptures say about our life. Luke 17:33 (KJV) “Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it, and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.” And Matthew 10:39 (NIV) “Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.”
Your life is paramount, guard it doggedly with the Almighty.
For Joseph to obtain his vice president position, he must abandon ship. His brothers helped him to achieve the goal. He was sold and found himself at Egypt. He held onto God despite the temptation (sexual harassment) and imprisonment hoping that God’s result is the best. Joseph would have said, “look my boss is not around, my siblings had sold me, and I am alone in a foreign land, let me enjoy myself.” See Genesis 39:6-23 (KJV) to save and enjoy his life he could have lost it. It doesn’t matter how long a secret is ahead, soon or later the truth will catch up with it.
The men on the ship enquired “What should we do to you to make the sea calm down for us?” verse 11. Truth is stranger than fiction. The men could not believe what Johan had said. See verse 12. Nevertheless, they declared the Fifth Amendment (in the United States Constitution) “Wherefore they cried unto the LORD, and said, we beseech thee, O LORD, we beseech thee, let us not perish for this man’s life, and lay not upon us innocent blood: for thou, O LORD, hast done as it pleased thee.” See Jonah 1:14 (KJV)
Jonah remained calm knowing that he will soon abandon ship and there is a life jacket waiting for him. “So, they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging.” Verse 15. And Johan became the first man inside a submarine. See Jonah 1:17 (KJV) “Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.”
Don’t work for God, cooperate (work) with God to fulfill your life purpose. Know when to abandon ship or remain onboard. Shalom.