The Journey To Nineveh: When God Tells You To Move, Move!


The Journey To Nineveh: When God Tells You To Move, Move!

By Chynna Johnson

The word of the LORD came to Jonah son of Amittai: "Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me." But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the LORD (Jonah 1:1-3).

The summertime is a great time to try new things and meet new  people. It is also an amazing time to revisit those goals you set at the beginning of 2019 or to start finally listening to that still small voice inside of you saying it is time to move and to stop running.

We often struggle with accepting God’s call to surrender and move according to His will. It may be fear that causes us to ignore it, or it may be that we do not think we are qualified. However, the ideas that pop up in our heads to start a business, go into ministry, or move to other  countries were not placed their by mistake. Our God is a strategic and resourceful God. He will use everything you have and everything you have been through to fulfill the purpose He has for your life. If you keep running from purpose, it may have major consequences.

The Book of Jonah is a great way to showcase the effects of not moving when God tells you to move.

In the Book Of Jonah, God instructed  Jonah to go to Nineveh and speak out against its wickedness. Jonah decided to run from God's call by getting on a boat to a  city in the other direction. God then summons a deadly storm, and the sailors and passengers start trying to understand why this is happening to them and who God is trying to punish. Jonah than reveals he is the reason for all of the chaos and suggests to the sailors to throw him overboard. To their credit, they try to row out of the storm rather than drowning Jonah but were unable to do so. They eventually throw him off the boat, and the storm subsides. This freaks out the foreign sailors, and they sacrifice to Yahweh. At God’s command, a giant fish swallows Jonah, who stays in its gullet for three days and three nights. After spending that time in the fish, Jonah finally decided to move in purpose.

Jonah’s disobedience not only affected him, but it also affected the people around him. Ask yourself the following questions to assess your readiness to embrace God’s direction:

How many people are going to be affected by you not answering God’s call for your life?

How many lives won't be changed?

The choices that we make or do not make all have outcomes.

What would you like your outcome to be?

If you are moved by any of the answers you receive from these questions, it is time to move in His will for your life! God will never take you to a place that His grace will not keep you. Trust in His timing and allow Him to order your steps.