Danny Jennings was a forward for the West Virginia basketball team about three months ago. That is, until he up and walked out on his team in the middle of the game. Now, Jennings didn’t get much playing time, didn’t score much, and wasn’t a very significant member of the team to be honest. The problem was that he abandoned his team in the middle of the game. Anything could have happened during that game. The starter in his position could have gotten hurt and they needed him to step up. They may have needed his size and unique set of skills for a particular situation. By walking out, he forfeited that chance and deserted his team. It didn’t take long for Jennings to get kicked off the team after his little tirade.
This type of reaction is actually pretty common in today’s world. When we are met with tough situations, we run away from it. We try to walk out on our problems and forget about them. We don’t address them or work on getting better.
This is what happened with Jonah. He was confronted with something he didn’t like or want to do. When God told Jonah to go to Nineveh, he ran away from God and from the situation (Jonah 1:1-3). It took three days and nights in the belly of a fish for Jonah to stop running away (1:17). Even after this he didn’t really want to obey or want the people of Nineveh to obey either (4:1f).
The problem is, people today still run away from God. We read a Scripture that tells us about a change we need to make, and we close our eyes to it. We listen to a sermon that is asking us to make changes, and we close our ears to it. We know of a change that needs to be made, and we chose not to do it. James 1:22-25 talks about these very concepts.
Instead of working harder or talking with his coach, Danny Jennings chose to abandon his team and stop trying. When we are faced with a challenge in our lives, from Scripture, in church, or anywhere else, let’s not “walk out” on God. We can’t run away from our problems forever. Eventually they will catch up to us. Let’s remember that God is always the solution, not the problem. Instead of walking out on God, let’s focus on walking with God. 1 Corinthians 15:58 says sums it up well, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.”