Jonah 1:1-3, NIV: “The word of the LORD came to Jonah…’Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.’ But Jonah ran away from the LORD and headed for Tarshish.”

Jonah learned the hard way what happens when a child of God does not yield to the will of God. In our lives as believers, it is probable that God is going to lead us in a direction we did not expect, or lead us to do a work we would never have chosen to do. And within that moment, we (like Jonah) have a choice: we can be obedient to God’s will, thus allowing God to work through us as He wishes; or we can run from God’s will and, essentially, be miserable. It is not God’s intention to make you miserable. But rest assured that since we are His, and since we have a purpose of God’s desire, we must function accordingly if we are to have peace. The benefits far outweigh the costs. Letting go of what we think or want is difficult, but necessary, if God is to complete His perfect work in us. Anything else is like kicking “against the goads.” The best thing we can do is simply follow His way, and stop trying to force our will above His.