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Part 3

by Linda Boyette

But Jonah rose up to flee… from the presence of the Lord.
Jonah 1:3
The sweetest, mysterious and marvelous truth of God’s covenant relationship in sacred fellowship with man is to realize He desires both our hearts and our human clay pots to participate as watchmen/watchwomen with Him and to be the chosen vessels for the action in watching; His Holy Spirit doing His miraculous work through the likes of you and me. Last week’s reading relayed the responses of three specific Old Testament watchers living in sacred fellowship with God. Nehemiah, Mordecai and Esther saw the plight of a nation, heard the despair of the people, and understood their own desperate need to seek the One and only Almighty God for strength and directions in their watch!

There is another watchman, Jonah, who nearly missed his moment of privileged participation. He saw darkness, he heard the cries, he understood the need and he ran. The Word tells us he ran from sin-filled Nineveh and he ran from God’s summoning presence. Running from God headed him right towards death – for everyone involved. Even the world understood this sobering outcome (Jonah 1). I’m so grateful this time it only led Jonah to the mouth of a chosen, huge and hungry whale that listened to the Master. Praise to the watching God who understood and knew Jonah would only be satisfied, complete and safe when He remained in the presence of the one covenant–keeping God. Jonah had not yet learned that his participation as a watchman is merely to yield to the will and way of God’s Word. The Holy Spirit of Father and Son does the work – every time!

God believed it necessary to share with us a bit more of Jonah’s story. It took a body-shaking trauma for Jonah to come to senses.  ‘While I was fainting away, I remembered the Lord and my prayer came to You, into Your holy temple’…Then the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah up onto the dry land (Jonah 2:7; 10). Even then Jonah’s heart was not yet one with the merciful heart of God.  When God saw their deeds, that they turned from their wicked way, then God relented concerning the calamity which He had declared He would bring upon them. And He did not do it. But it greatly displeased Jonah and he became angry” (Jonah 3:10; 4:1).

Jonah has taught me an unforgettable truth. God’s watchfulness is never just about me. His love-filled. perfectly good intent for me far surpasses anything I could ever imagine. He chooses to include me to invite the world to Him. Astounding, incredible!

Oh dear beloved Father, fill me, anoint me by Your Holy Spirit to watch with a heart like yours; pure, faithful, holy love.

Wisdom Speaks:  He who watches his way preserves his life…The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord, searching all the innermost parts of his being. Loyalty and truth preserve … by righteousness [Covenant loyalty].
Proverbs 17: 17; 20:27

Be sure to download your copy of Praying for the United States, which will be used for our prayer emphasis beginning Sunday, February 1, 2015.

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About Linda

Linda Boyette’s life is centered in one reality: Jesus is enough! Linda has been involved with Titus Women since its beginning, and she currently serves as Discipleship Coordinator. She also leads a Titus Bible Study in her home and speaks at conferences and retreats around the U.S. and internationally. No matter the setting, Linda’s appointment is to invite women to live the incredible joy of a sacred fellowship with Father, Son, and Holy Spirit through knowing Jesus as Savior, Center, and Source. Linda is also an accomplished pianist, serving churches and camp meetings through the ministry of music. She lives on a farm in Mt. Vernon, Ohio with her husband Phil and is mother to three sons and two daughters-in-love.


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