Maybe you’ve heard of Roy Riegels, better known as “Wrong Way Roy.”
In the 1929 Rose Bowl, he got mixed up and ran sixty-nine yards in the wrong direction. It’s been the worst blunder in college football history.
Well, he reminds me of “Wrong Way Jonah,” who ran off toward Tarshish when God told him to go to Nineveh.
Had Jonah obeyed, taking a message of repentance immediately to the Gentile nation of Assyria, the book that bears his name might read more like those of the other Minor Prophets.
Instead, the record of his ministry is an intensely personal story of God’s grace to a rebellious prophet, not just to a wicked pagan nation.
Jonah did finally end up going to Nineveh, but he resisted the entire way. And when the Ninevites repented and avoided judgment, Jonah was undone.
The book ends with a pouting prophet more concerned for his own comfort than for the multitudes of Assyria.
As God probed Jonah with questions about his values, priorities, and actions, we should answer those questions too. We all arrive at a similar crossroads at some point.
When the book of Jonah ends we see the procrastinating prophet who had still not made up his mind. But his moment of hesitation becomes a moment for each of us:
God’s call is on our lives right now, and He has a mission for us today. Will we go the wrong way? Or will we go with Him all the way?
We must never run away from God’s devotion to evangelism, His compassion for souls, or His direction in taking the Gospel to the nations.
“And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice” (Jon 2:2).
Go wherever the Lord sends you without hesitation or vacillation.