09 May Joshua 24:14-15

“We Will Serve the Lord”

14 “Now, therefore, fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

”When Jonah heard from the Lord, he was at a crossroad. If he turned one way, it was about 500 miles to Nineveh where God was sending him, or he could go the other direction and head west for Joppa on the Mediterranean coast. From there, he could catch a boat to Tarshish and travel as far away from God as he could get. Obedience or escape was the choice Jonah thought he had, but he couldn’t go where God was not. He chose to sail to Tarshish on the Atlantic coast of Spain. Sunning in Spain felt a lot better to Jonah than vacationing in the city that was the center of Assyrian power. Nineveh represented everything that Jonah hated in the Gentile world. Think of it this way; of all of the people in the world at that time, the people of Nineveh needed God as much or more than anyone. Yet Jonah was more concerned about how he felt than the lost people of Nineveh or God’s will for his life.