The Harbor by Renee Fisher

The Harbor
Series: Faithbook of Jesus Devotional
Renee Fisher

But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord.

— Jonah 1:3

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines harbor as “a place of security and comfort: refuge.”8 Jonah probably thought he was fleeing to the harbor for a place of refuge, but fleeing from Jesus? Come on, Jonah! Don’t be stupid.

How easy is it for us to be like Jonah? Jesus told Jonah to “go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it” because its wickedness had reached all the way up to heaven ( Jonah 1:2). But Jonah ran away.

So Jesus caused a giant storm. You might know the story. Every Sunday school teacher has a flannelgraph with three pieces: Jonah, the boat, and the giant whale.

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