Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 1/25/2021

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by Jim Hughes

CrossJonah 2:1-2 Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from inside the fish. He said, “I cried out to the LORD in my great trouble and he answered me. I called to you from the world from the dead, and LORD, you heard me!”

Jonah did not have to be in the mess he was in. He could have just submitted to God’s will and done what God had given him to do. But, Jonah did not like what God had told him to do. He wanted no part of it and chose to run from God. He ended up inside the belly of a fish simply because he insisted on doing what he wanted to do instead of what God wanted him to do. God knew Jonah’s heart and did not let him get too far away. God knew that when Jonah had reached rock bottom that Jonah would come to his senses and listen to God.

We are a lot like Jonah. We get ourselves into all kinds of messes because we try to avoid what God commands us to do. Often instead of running to God, we run away from Him. We foolishly think that God doesn’t care and will leave us alone. But, it is never quite that simple. God loves us and will not let us get so far away from him that we can’t find our way back to Him. He gives us ample opportunities to return to Him.

God also knows the difference we can make in the lives of others and pursues us when we wander from Him. He wants us to live submissively before Him so that we can help others who need our particular influence on their lives.

The Good News is that God hears our cry when we call to Him out of our trouble, even when we are the cause of our trouble. He does not turn a deaf ear to those who sincerely call on Him.

Do not act foolishly and try to run from God. Spare yourself from much grief and unnecessary trouble. But, if you do, don’t compound your problem by not calling out to Him. He loves you and will hear you when you call out to Him. He will take you by the hand and restore you to a right relationship with Him. He will deliver you out of your trouble. Praise His holy name!

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chaper on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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