“Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, ‘Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.’ But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.” Jonah 1:1-3a
What terrifies you the most? Death, suffering, failure, loneliness? As scary as any one of those is by itself, Jonah was willing to experience all of them before he was willing to be used by God to extend grace to his enemy. God had a simple message He wanted to tell the great and wicked city of Nineveh, and he wanted Jonah to deliver it. But once Jonah received the message, rather than obeying God, he responded by attempting to run away from Him.