Jonah had gone through a very long and difficult time. Struggling with actually doing the will of God when it seems counter-intuitive to our human thinking can be a very exhausting event. One of the elements that makes this struggle more complicated is disobedience – going directly against what we know is the will of God. For Jonah, disobedience meant a three-day and three-night stay in a hotel God created just for Jonah. It was a place where God had his full attention.
There are many I come across who make all sorts of excuses for not doing the clear will of God revealed in His word. Most of the reasons given are selfish and the result of putting our comforts first and not considering the rewards of obedience. After spending those three days and nights alone, Jonah “called out to the Lord, out of [his] distress” (Jonah 2:2). As he wraps up his prayer, Jonah comes to a very important conclusion:
“I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay. Salvation belongs to the Lord!”” (2:9).
Most who participate in any type of ministry have made vows of some kind to the Lord about how they will serve Him. Our greatest moment of worship is when we do what we said we will do. Like Jonah, this is often not without a struggle of the heart. As Jonah found, the greatest reward is not in serving God on our terms, but on His.
Are you missing out on rewards of genuine worship because you are holding back full obedience?
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