Isaiah Combs | Young Adults and Worship Leader
I like to refer to my testimony as my Jonah story. I was five years old when I accepted Jesus’ free gift of salvation. I know five is a young age. However, I believe I was smart enough to realize that I needed Jesus to save me from my sins. I was baptized the next Sunday.
I would love to tell you the rest of my life was super easy, and I never had any problems. I would love to tell you I lived every day 100% for Jesus. Just like Jonah, I was called by God. When I was 16 years old, I knew God had called me to serve him. I was scared. I thought I was not smart enough or that I was not good enough. I was scared what other people would say. He only wants to be a Pastor because his Dad, Grandpa, Uncles, and Brothers are Pastors. So like Jonah, I ran from God. Instead of going to school and working to become a Pastor, I joined the Air Force at 18. In the Air Force, I lived a self-pleasing life. I knew God had great plans for my life, but I continued to ignore His call on my life for nine years.
It was not until I had children that I realized God’s great love for me. I love my children when they are doing good or when they are doing bad. I love my children no matter what. I would do anything for them. Even lay down my life. I believe this is a great example of God’s love for me.
God’s love doesn't even compare to the love I have for my kids. It is much deeper and much wider. I could never comprehend His great love. I was not living the way I was supposed to. I was running from God, but I knew He still loved me and had great plans for my life. I am one of His children.
So like Jonah, I gave into God. I got down on my knees and submitted my whole self to him. I believe the most overlooked part of the Jonah story is when the sailors threw Jonah overboard. The Bible says the seas and winds died down, and the sailors believed in Jonah's God. Even when we are not doing what we are supposed to, God can use us to save those around us. Submitting to God’s will the first time is a lot easier than spending three days or nine years in the belly of a great fish.