Jonah 1:8 “So they asked him, ‘Tell us, who is responsible for making all this trouble for us? What do you do? Where do you come from? What is your country? From what people are you?'”
Have you ever felt hesitant or embarrassed to reveal certain things about yourself, for fear others would think poorly of you? I have. I remember once when I was the victim of some pretty nasty gossip, I didn’t want to show my face. Whenever I met new people, I didn’t want them to know who I was or where I was from. Though the rumors were untrue, I still felt shamed.
I guess deep down, Jonah must have felt ashamed, too. After all, he was God’s prophet. Usually, prophets were known for telling everyone they met about God. But Jonah hadn’t said a word. He didn’t want them to know anything about him, probably because he felt ashamed of his actions.
I wonder . . . am I telling everyone I know about God’s goodness and love? Am I proclaiming to all that I am His child? If not, I should really ask myself why.
Often, we don’t tell others about our relationships with God because we feel embarrassed or ashamed. Just as Jonah remained quiet about his relationship with God, we are somehow afraid of what others will think of us. But I don’t want to be embarrassed by my relationship with God. Instead, I want the whole world to know how awesome He is!
Dear Father, Please forgive me for times when I’ve felt ashamed or embarrassed by you. I want to serve you with my whole life.
I hate to admit it, but I still struggle with being embarrassed at times — I guess afraid of rejection… I join in your prayer!