When believers knowingly move away from doing the things God called them to do, they do so at the peril of loosing God’s presence and comfortable enjoyment of God’s love.
There is no amount of grace, that is worth being outside the will of God.
When we serve our Lord Jesus as believers should do, our God is with us; and though we have the whole world against us, if we have God with us, what does it matter?
The price of loosing God’s presence is just too high, grace is awesome and all that, but out of the two righteous men, Lot and Abraham, both under grace, I would rather be Abraham living under grace yet enjoying the presence of God. Sin soon destroys a believer’s comfort, like Jonah we loose our peace of mind.
Jonah lost everything upon which he might have drawn for comfort in any other case. He could not plead the promise of divine protection, for he was not in God’s ways, he could not say, “Lord, I meet with these difficulties in the discharge of my duty, therefore help me through them.” He was reaping his own deeds.
In the long run it is far harder to shun the work and will of God than to yield ourselves to it because at the end of the day the will of God will be done and everything that goes contrary to it will be forced to obey.
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 .