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Avoiding the Storm

Posted: March 20, 2017

My mom was a tough mom growing up. She expected obedience, respect, and discipline from her children to do what was right. She had very little tolerance for disobedience, and when we would disobey, we faced the storm of her punishment. And let me tell you, it was usually a STORM. At least in the eyes of us teenagers! She would take away our keys, our tv time, and our privileges, and was dead set on following through with our punishment, no matter how inconvenient it was for her, or anyone else around us.

Although there were times I hated it, I look back now and am thankful for all she did to teach me obedience, discipline and respect. Because of her persistence in parenting, I learned that it was important to obey, even if I didn’t want to or didn’t understand why she was asking me to do something.

If she asked me to do something I didn’t want to do, I learned that no matter how boring or painful or scary or unexciting that task might be, obeying in the first place would be MUCH less painful for me than choosing to disobey and facing the storm of her punishment that would follow.

Isn’t that what God desires from us more than anything? Total obedience is what he desired from Jonah. And when Jonah didn’t obey, he faced a literal storm.

When God asks you to do something today, will you obey? Choosing to obey may just save you from a storm!

“But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord. He went down to the port of Joppa, where he found a ship leaving for Tarshish. He bought a ticket and went on board, hoping to escape from the Lord by sailing to Tarshish. But the Lord hurled a powerful wind over the sea, causing a violent storm that threatened to break the ship apart.”
- Jonah 1:3-4

Lord, forgive me of my disobedience in the past. Help me to choose to obey you, even if I don’t want to. In Jesus’ name, amen.