Jonah 1:3 ERV “But Jonah tried to run away from the Lord. He went to Joppa and found a boat that was going to the faraway city of Tarshish.
Jonah paid money for the trip and went on the boat. He wanted to travel with the people on this boat to Tarshish and run away from the Lord.”
Jonah was given an assignment to go and preach to the people of Nineveh so they could repent of their sins and not be punished, but he chose to run away from his assignment.
A lot of us are like Jonah. If you’re doing something else other than fulfilling your divine purpose, what you’re doing is tantamount to running away from your assignment. Every time you take steps in the wrong direction you’re like Jonah, getting onto a boat heading for another destination. Every time you try to be like someone else, you’re like Jonah paying to travel with them to wherever they are heading.
When Jesus came, He said, “And so, my God, I have come to do what you want, as the Scriptures say.” Hebrews 10:7. If God wants you to be a farmer please be a farmer; if He wants you to be a tailor please don’t try to be something else. You can succeed at anything God wants you to do, men will be blessed and God will be pleased.