“But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord…and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.”- Jonah 1:3
It is important for us to understand that the presence of God is a recipe for success. Without it we cannot achieve much in anything we undertake.
It was the secret behind Jesus’s success in ministry. Acts 10:38 says, “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
It was the secret behind Joseph’s success in prison. And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man…” (Genesis 39:2-3)
It was the secret behind David’s success. “And David went on, and grew great, and the Lord God of hosts was with him.” (2 Samuel 5:10)
God sent Jonah to go and preach in Nineveh, but he disobeyed. What he didn’t know was that disobedience to God’s call meant being deprived of His presence. No wonder, he caused great havoc to himself and the Mariners. He almost lost his life when he was swallowed by a whale, until he rescinded his decision.
In the same way, there are many who are going through challenges they are not supposed to go through due to their own disobedience. Some are not following the assignments God has for them; some are in the wrong location; others are tied to the wrong people.
Obedience to God is the key to the presence of God. Walk in it and see yourself prosper in everything!