:: CHALLENGE POINT ::
Charles Spurgeon, the great English preacher from the 19th century said, "Faith and obedience are bound up in the same bundle. He who obeys God trusts God, and he who trusts God obeys God." When God first called Jonah to go to Nineveh, Jonah simply could not trust that Yahweh was right in extending His mercy by giving the enemy an opportunity to repent. Jonah did not trust that God knew what He was doing. His harrowing escape with death in the deep forced the prophet to trust God for his survival. His death water conver-sion shocked Jonah into promising that he would obey God. The prophet ran away from God and after a terrible crisis ran back to God. Now for a time at least Jonah ran with God doing what he was told.
This has to make us wonder about ourselves. Has the discipline of God, and our life in God, made us more or less obedient? Has knowing God and having a spiritual relationship with Him helped us to follow the Holy Spirit's guide as the light that Paul said would bear witness to the truth? Has this made us more flexible to receive orders from God, and run with God, that is a blessing for our lives and satisfying to our souls?
To run with God means that we trust God. To run with God means that we obey God. Running with God cannot include what we think God should do, but only what He has already determined to do.