October 26, 2017

Get Up!

Written by Tripp Prince

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – October 26, 2017

By Tripp Prince

The Lord gave this message to Jonah son of Amittai: “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh. Announce my judgment against it because I have seen how wicked its people are.” But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord. Jonah 1:1-3 (NLT)

The story of Jonah begins with the Lord drawing near to Jonah in an intimate and personal way. He brings an invitation for Jonah to join him in his mission to bless the whole of creation, and yet this message is so radical and intimating to Jonah that he isn’t able to receive it. We could say that Jonah had checked out of the normal, ordinary rhythms of God’s grace that help to make us ready to receive the Lord when he draws near. How do we know this? Because the Lord has to tell him to “get up.”

Why do people have to be told to get up? Because they aren’t moving. They’re asleep and checked out, disengaged from the work at hand. And, like Jonah, when we disengage from the ordinary daily practices of faithful devotion to God – things like Bible reading, prayer, silence, and solitude – then we are caught off guard when the extraordinary moments of life come our way.

These extraordinary moments could be a word from the Lord like Jonah received. Go here. Do this. Join me in this mission. But there are other kinds of extraordinary moments in life that hit us and we never see them coming. Extraordinary pain and loss that we would never long for or hope for: cancer, infidelity, miscarriage. The list could go on and on. These are the losses and sorrows in life that you can count on one hand that forever shape and reshape your story.

In these extraordinary moments God so deeply wants to draw near and be close to you, but if you are sitting down and asleep in your faith when you need him the most, he will draw near and you will push him away. You will be so unprepared and caught off guard that you will flee from the very one that can give you rest. This is one of the great insights from Jonah’s story. When he was meant to be walking with the Lord, he was instead sitting down, unprepared for the intimacy of God’s presence.

Each and every one of us needs and rightly desires the nearness of God in our lives, in good times and in bad. And we long to be the kind of people who can join him on mission, people that he can invite to partner with him in making all things new. So don’t neglect the ordinary rhythms of life. It is in the ordinary and seemingly mundane moments of life that you and I are shaped and formed into people who can receive the extraordinary.

Prayer

Father, help us to be faithful in our daily walk with you so that we may become people who are able to receive your word with boldness and faith. Amen.

Application

In what areas of your life do you need to “get up” and reengage the daily habits and disciplines of Christian living?

Related Reading

Psalm 119:9-11; Colossians 3:12; 1 Timothy 4:7

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Comments

  1. Mike says:

    Great insight as to Jonah’s mindset and his heart. I’ve always looked at this story as to what took place during and after, and the consequences of Jonah’s disobedience. But this devotional offers insight as to where Jonah was in his walk with God prior to him being commissioned to proclaim the message of the Lord at Nineveh. Good writing, Mr Prince.

    1. Gwynne says:

      Dear Mike,
      Thank you so much for your kind and encouraging comments after reading “Get Up!” I have passed them along to Tripp and I know he will be grateful for them.
      I, too, found this devotional to be enlightening when it comes to Jonah and his “mindset” at the time of the Lord calling upon him. Unfortunately, it was also a huge reminder to many of us (speaking here for myself…) to “Get Up”!! As Tripp so clearly states: “Why do people have to be told to get up? Because they aren’t moving. They’re asleep and checked out, disengaged from the work at hand.” Well, that hits a little close to home…
      But, I like his advice and insight: “So don’t neglect the ordinary rhythms of life. It is in the ordinary and seemingly mundane moments of life that you and I are shaped and formed into people who can receive the extraordinary.”
      Powerful reminders…
      Thank you again, Mike. We are thankful for you and look forward to hearing from you again sometime.
      Blessings,
      Gwynne
      “For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.”
      Matthew 16:25


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