Imagine waking up from your house in the morning to enter a business deal with a potential client. You doted all the ‘I’s’ and crossed the ‘T’s.’ You were very sure you were going to win the deal. Then, boom! Someone just came from nowhere in the form of a business partner, a neighbor, a co-passenger or anything and just did something that ruined the entire process within the twinkle of an eye for you.
That’s exactly what happened to those innocent merchants that sailed with Jonah in the Bible accounts when he was running from the presence of the Lord.
The Bible recorded that, “All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god. And they threw the cargo into the sea to lighten the ship. But Jonah had gone below deck, where he lay down and fell into a deep sleep.”Jonah 1:5 NIV.
These were legitimate people doing legitimate businesses. Their only offense that day was that they boarded the same ship with Jonah – a guilty man.
Sometimes, some of the setbacks you experience in career or business may have nothing to do with what you did or did not do, but have everything to do with who you are sailing with. These could be your business partner, your neighbor at home, your colleague in the office, even your life partner.
How can you escape from Jonahs?It’s simple: the Bible gave us a way out: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6.
Your effort and understanding can help you attain a level of success, but they cannot keep you away from Jonahs (wasters); only divine direction can. If there’s anything you need on your path to destiny, it’s divine guidance. It will prevent you from a whole lot of needless pain and unnecessary loss.
May we never sail with Jonah on our path of destiny.