One of the most notorious instances of the common “should I stay or should I go?” question occurred in the book of Jonah:
The word of the LORD came to Jonah son of Amittai:
“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. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the LORD.
— Jonah 1:1–4
Jonah had been given instruction from God to go to Nineveh to preach against all of the horrible things going on there. Jonah, in fear, ran away from the situation. In life, many of us find ourselves making the same foolish mistake as Jonah. We run away from what God is calling us towards, simply because it makes us uncomfortable or brings us great fear. Whether God calls us to move jobs, share the gospel, or let go of something that is holding us back, we often find excuses to avoid going through with God’s instruction. We fool ourselves into believing that we know best, or that God might not know our situation, but in reality, God has a will for our lives that will be done eventually. It’s just a matter of whether or not we choose to be obedient initially. As people actively pursuing Christ, it is imperative that we that we are obedient and always willing to do what God is calling us to do in our lives.
Discerning what God is calling us to do can be very difficult. I will admit that, as a young person, I definitely don’t have the wisdom to always be 100 percent confident in what God is telling me to do. What I have learned through making important decisions in my life is that it is necessary that I seek God in every situation. Ask yourself, ask God, and get in the Word in order to make the best decision that you can. Make yourself available to God. Be open to God’s plan.
And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”
— Isaiah 6:8
No matter where you are, God is going to use you. Don’t miss out on opportunities to reach others just because you are unhappy or uncomfortable with where you are.