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Let’s be real, it can be hard to follow God. When God says go it can be hard depending on the situation. Where is He asking us to go? What is He asking us to do? And wherever the “go” is, am I going to like it? I know it can be hard to trust God. I mean even though He is the almighty we still have issues trusting Him blindly. And best believe that when God tells you to do something you can either jump or be pushed. Meaning that you can do it voluntarily or He will MAKE YOU.
1. What Happened When Jonah Refused To Follow God
A good example of this is the story of Jonah and the whale. If you are not familiar with it, then just go to the Bible and read the book of Jonah. But I am just going to shorten the story for you to basically illustrate my point. God had told Jonah:
Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me. Jonah 1:2
But of course, Jonah was not trying to do all of that. Because like so many of us when God tells us to do something that we don’t want to do, that we are not comfortable doing, or something that we think is hard then we simply don’t do it. But see this is where the “when God says go” comes in.
Because Jonah was on a ship, resting his little eyes, thinking that he was going to go on his merry little way in the opposite direction God told him to move in, that is when there was a storm. To make a long story short, Jonah was thrown off the boat and eaten by a whale where he stayed for three days. Once Jonah was out of the whale.
The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you. Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh. Jonah 3: 2-3
Also, check out my video below where I continue the story of Jonah as well as other people who refused to follow God and what happened to them. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to my channel.
2. When You Refuse To Follow God ~ What’s my Point?
Some of the basic points that we can take away from Jonah as it relates to refusing to follow God.
- When God wants you to move He will make you move by any means necessary.
- It is a lot better to just go when God says move instead of going against God and going in your own direction. If Jonah would have just obeyed God in the first place he would not have gotten eaten by that whale.
- Jonah going to Nineveh had a purpose and if God is telling you to move, He has a purpose for you too.
3. What Happened ~ When I Refused To Follow God
So I may have not gotten swallowed up by a whale but I have something that is equally as traumatizing. I remember when God was telling me to move for a long time I fought Him on it. I was living in Richmond, VA and I knew that God wanted me to move to the DC area, but I just wouldn’t. There were things that I did not want to give up in Richmond.
I had a house, friends, men, and a life. Because I refused to move God took all of those things from me. I lost my job, I could not find a different one, and then when I did it paid like half of what I was making. I lost touch with my friends, some moved away, I stopped seeing the men I was dating, and all the reasons why I wanted to stay in Richmond were literally taken from me.
Everything there became difficult and it became a struggle, and the life that I once had I could literally no longer afford. (check out my blog here to read the full story). You can also watch my video below where I talked more about that situation.
This was my Jonah and the whale moment. My mother lived in the Washington DC area and wanted me to move near her. But I did not want to lose my independence. In Richmond, I had my own house and my own space, and here my mom was talking about moving back in her.
I had not lived with my mother in 12 years! It was something that I did not want to do even though I knew that God was telling me to do it. And so I packed up and moved not because I wanted to but because I had to.
I had no choice. No money, no job, no way to pay the bills, no friends, and no more men. And so I moved. And as SOON as I did things got better. Like almost immediately. Within one month of moving, I got a job making double than I was making at my last low-paying job. I had a lot more help with my son. And I had more time to work on my business, this blog, my books, and my purpose.
After moving in with my mom a townhome literally a block away from my mother’s house came open to rent where I moved in. So now I have my own place but I am still close to family. It made me wonder, why was I fighting to stay in a place. Because everything MORE than worked out.
4. When You Refuse To Follow God ~ What’s my point
- It is a lot easier to go with God than it is to fight against God. I literally had to lose everything and make myself miserable before I finally moved.
- God is going to have His way. If God wants you to go somewhere or to do something He is going to make it happen.
- Sometimes you just have to TRUST God and know that what He is telling you is for your own benefit even if you don’t think so.
Now my move was very literal in the sense that I moved locations. But God can be telling you to move jobs, move out of relationships, move on from your past, move to a different location, move out of that mans out, move out of harms way, move into a better mindset, I mean literally God can be telling you to GO anywhere. Even if you are not changing locations just like Jonah and even myself the point of the movie is always the same.
“God will never ask you to go anywhere that He is not willing to go with you. “
And you must remember that you cannot be so complacent and/or scared that you stay stuck in the same place and you are not really growing or doing anything significant.
5. When You Refuse To Follow God ~ Final Thoughts
God knows exactly what you need before you even know what you need. So when you don’t follow God you are saying you don’t trust him because you are fighting him. You just have to stop fighting and trying to do things your own way, and trust God. It may be hard because what God wants and what you want may be two different things. But either you trust that God knows what is best for you and He has better plans for you than you have for yourself or you don’t.
This can apply to so many areas of our lives. For me, it applied to me moving. I mean my life was literally unbearable in Richmond. I really no longer had any joy living there. But, I stay there because of pride. Because I did not want to move back in with my mom. Or because I had my own plans or friends that I did not want to leave behind. I did not really want to listen to God on what He wanted me to do, because it did not fit into what I wanted to do.
Then I had to think about how all of those times when I was living off of my own plan and was not willing to move on with my life, that I passed up on some wonderful opportunities. Ten years ago, I passed a chance to go to law school under conditional acceptance because I did not want to leave my boyfriend at the time. How many times have you made a decision based on what you thought was best and not really on what made sense?
And so you have to ask yourself. Are you resisting God or going with God? And if you truly believe that God has a plan for your life, then whatever you are resisting is going to come to pass. And you mine as well come into God’s purpose willingly, not like me kicking and screaming all the way. Often times you need to move on from where you are at to get where you are going. And more often than not, that means stepping out of your comfort zone to being elevated to a new level.
If you know someone who may need to move but they are too afraid to do so then feel free to share this post with them.
If you are lost on what direction to go I personally think that fasting is a great way to hear from God on if you should move or not. Click here to check out my fasting guide to see why.