08 May Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 16:6-10
18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
6 They passed through the Phrygian and Galatian region, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia; 7 and after they came to Mysia, they were trying to go into Bithynia, and the Spirit of Jesus did not permit them; 8 and passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. 9 A vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing and appealing to him, and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10 When he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.
Jonah was a faithful prophet as long as God wanted what Jonah wanted. When God went contrary to Jonah, he would not do what he was told. As a man who has spent a lifetime ministering to the church. I have seen my share of prejudice, traditionalism, and closed-mindedness. To be honest, I am not beyond these same struggles. The one truth that we must understand, and change is that we all find it difficult to follow certain instructions from God. There are some commands that are difficult for us to hear. What instructions from God panic you? What prompts you to say, “Anything but that God”? If God calls you to some point of obedience, what assignment would cause you to dig ibn your heels?