Thursday, July 13, 2017

Jonah: Taking the Easy Road

The title of this BLOG can be somewhat deceiving. Is there a such thing as an "easy" road? Especially on this Christian journey. 

Our best hope when we commit to following Christ is that our life will get easier. We hope that we will have less obstacles not more. God has never said that the journey will be easy. But for some reason we carry this expectation. 

The story of Jonah emphasizes our expectation that God would not send us to hard places or command us to do hard things. Yet God calls Jonah to go preach repentance to the people of Nineveh, which was the capital city of Assyria.  It was the epicenter of Assyrian life. God wants Jonah to preach repentance to Israel's enemies. 

Jonah was not having it. Jonah didn't think the people of Nineveh were deserving of God's grace. So Jonah took the so called "easy" road. He took off to the white sand beaches of Tarshish. 

God calls us to do some pretty difficult things. He calls us to go to the difficult places in our community. He calls us to love in the midst of strife. 

This is never easy. It always difficult. It is always the long road. None the less it is always the glorious road.