Scriptures: Jonah 1:1-17
Jonah was a diverted man. What got Jonah to change his destination? A diversion is to turn aside from a course that is to be followed. God does not engage in useless activities: He always has a plan and purpose.
The characteristics of diversion: conscious diversion, unconscious diversion, inherited diversions, transferred diversions and those acquired by personal decisions.
Our enemy is very talented at diverting people: he too has goals. Our enemy was to take us away from God' will and usher people into failure. The enemy's desire is open avenues of spiritual pollution, to prevent us from reaching our God-given goals, to remove us from divine blessing and to waste our lives. A wasted life without purpose makes a person feel depressed, aimless and unhappy.
What does our enemy use to cause a person to get diverted from God's plan for their life? Three tools he uses: seduction, confusion and pride. When these three are combined, we come to place where we cannot tell the difference between right and wrong. The enemy will always offer an easier way with little resistance.
So how can we keep from becoming diverted? We must accept God's will for our lives. Jonah was prophet. We must recognize that a voice of diversion will be offering us something instead of asking something of us. We must avoid always wanting our own way. Spend time in prayer and seek counsel before making serious decisions. Jonah traveled the wrong road and a lot of people paid the price for it. Let us return or stay on the journey God has for us.