Do you ever pretend not to know God’s will for you? Yes, me too. Jonah had the same problem. Note these lines.
But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish FROM BEING IN THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD as his prophet.
So he paid the appointed fare and went down into the ship to go with them to Tarshish FROM BEING IN THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD as his servant and minister!
For the men knew that he fled FROM BEING IN THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD as his prophet and servant. (Jonah 1:3, 4, 10, AMP)
Jonah not only knew what he was doing, he knew what he was supposed to do, and what his role was and he even told other people what he was doing!
Perhaps he wanted sympathy and announced to everyone that God had no right to ask him to go to those wicked Ninevites. The others might have even agreed. However, all of us need to do what God says, just because he said it.
Prayer – Lord, when we look down upon Bible characters like Jonah, in judgement, help us to look at our own obedience record. For Christ. Amen