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Interfaith Flight

August 30

"Arise, go unto Nineveh ... So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh ..."   Jonah 3:2-3

" every act of obedience holds the potential for the miraculous"

 

What has the LORD asked of you that you have denied HIM?  Have you discovered that HE makes demands of us relative to WHO HE is, rather than who we were?  If this notion is foreign to you, I question whether you have been in communication with HIM at all.  Jonah, like many of us, held an incremental mindset when it comes to following GOD.  You know that spirit ... probing for shortcuts to obedience, or loopholes to avoid it altogether.  This second encounter of the prophet with his GOD was an improvement over the first, but he still had to be chased down, out on the high seas of self will; and even then, he agreed to do what he was told only under duress.  Jonah was rescued at sea, but the final verses of the book bearing his name, betray the fact that his heart was left buried there.  Nineveh came under one of the most amazing revivals in all the Scripture, at the mouth of a regurgitated preacher, who could not have cared less for their soul.  It is well to remember that every act of obedience holds the potential for the miraculous; likewise every occasion of defiance, the potential for personal disaster.  Jonah is a bittersweet testament to the fact that GOD can accomplish HIS will, with or without us; but how much the better it could be, if we would avoid those digestive juices of disobedience.

"THOU hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.  Whither shall I go from THY SPIRIT? or whither shall I flee from THY presence?  I think this a good moral to Jonah: that an indifferent, self-righteous heart has no place in the Christian’s life.  We are commissioned to carry the gospel to friend and foe alike.  To be HIS faithful witness to rich and poor, strong and weak, good and bad; to those who accept, and those who reject.  Ours is simply to go where and when HE leads, without question, and without reservation.  To do otherwise is to board the ship to Tarshish ... and you can choose that, but if you do, be mindful that the CONDUCTOR will be by to collect “the fare thereof”, somewhere en route as you too: “flee … from the presence of the LORD.”

"If I ascend up into heaven, THOU art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, THOU art there.  If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall THY hand lead me, and THY right hand shall hold me."


For Love of Country
 John Milton Hay  (1838-1905)
(U. S. Secretary of State)

"But Calvary stands to ransom
The earth from utter loss;
In shade than light more glorious
The shadow of the Cross.
To heal a sick world's trouble,
To soothe its woe and pain,
On Calvary's sacred summit
The Pascal LAMB was slain.
ALMIGHTY GOD! direct us
To keep THY perfect Law!
O blessed SAVIOUR, help us
Nearer to THEE to draw!
Let Sinai's thunder aid us
To guard our feet from sin,
And Calvary's light inspire us
The love of GOD to win."

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