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2nd

As I thought of the word, “second,” this phrase from the book of Jonah came to mind, “then the word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time” (emphasis added). Obviously, if the word of the LORD came to him a second time, there was a first time that the word came.

His response to the second time, was obedience. Between the first time when he ran away and the second time when he obeyed, was his sojourn in the belly of a large fish and repentance and being vomited up like waste on a shore.

I think of Jonah and how different his response to God’s initial command was in comparison to men like Noah and Abraham and Philip.

Noah was told to build and ark and he did just that.

Abram was told to leave all that was familiar and then told to sacrifice his son. He did the first and was about to do the second went God intervened.

Philip was told to talk to the Ethiopian eunuch and did just that.

I wonder, “What fosters immediate obedience and what contributes to delayed obedience?” Umm…

STOP

Father, thank You that You continue to speak to us and in Your mercy, repeat Your instruction. May we know what it is to walk in daily obedience.

I would love to hear your thoughts on what fosters immediate obedience and what contributes to delayed obedience. Please share your thoughts in the comments. Thanks.

This post is number 21 in the series, “Reasons to Praise.” Joining Kate Motaung for 31 days of Five Minute Free Writes.

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