Devotionals by Stuart, Jill & Pete Briscoe

But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction in order to get away from the LORD. He went down to the seacoast, to the port of Joppa, where he found a ship leaving for Tarshish. He bought a ticket and went on board, hoping that by going away to the west he could escape from the LORD. - Jonah 1:3

You can be a believer and still find yourself running away from the Lord. The problem is, when you run in the wrong direction, others often get drawn into the repercussions of your disobedience. In Jonah’s case, the sailors got caught up in the drama. As Jonah tried to escape God, God sent a storm to stop him. The storm was so severe that the ship’s crew lost all of their cargo and feared for their lives (Jonah 1:5). Jonah under- stood that he had put them in danger because he was running away from the Lord (Jonah 1:10). You never live or die only to yourself; your actions always affect others.

Just as the sailors watched Jonah, people watch us and don’t appreciate it when we let them down. Years ago I had a boyfriend who didn’t know Christ. I ran in the opposite direction. I stopped going to church for a time and avoided my Christian friends. But I found, like Jonah, that I could escape my friends but I couldn’t escape God. It didn’t do me a bit of good boarding the ship of escapism, for it foundered in the waves of God’s Word! I had to live a life of obedience again—which for me included giving up the boyfriend. Then I offered songs of praise and vowed to go the right direction—God’s way. Perhaps God has given you a clear assignment, but you are running in the opposite direction. Don’t do it! God desires only your good. Just follow his direction.

For Further Study: Jonah 1:1-17 

Excerpted from The One Year Devotions for Women, Copyright ©2000 by Jill Briscoe. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers. All rights reserved.

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About Stuart, Jill & Pete Briscoe

Stuart Briscoe uses wit and intellect to target your heart, capture your attention and challenge you to grow! You will find his logic compelling as he brings a fresh, practical perspective to the Scriptures. Born in England, Stuart left a career in banking to enter the ministry full time. He has written more than 50 books, received three honorary doctorates and preached in more than one hundred countries. He was senior pastor of Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin, for thirty years, and currently serves as minister-at-large.

Jill Briscoe was born in England and found Christ when she was 18 years old. She never looked back. Upon graduating from Cambridge University, she began working as a teacher by day and had a vigorous street ministry to the youths of Liverpool by night.

She met Stuart at a youth conference and they married in 1958. In the 50 years since, Jill has become a highly sought-after Bible teacher and author who travels around the world ministering to under-resourced churches and speaking at international seminars and conferences. Since 2000, she and Stuart, who was formerly senior pastor of Elmbrook Church for 30 years, have had the joy of equipping and encouraging believers across the globe in their roles as ministers-at-large for Elmbrook.

Jill has authored more than 40 books including devotionals, study guides, poetry and children's books. Her vivid, relational teaching style touches the emotions and stirs the heart. She serves as Executive Editor of Just Between Us, a magazine of encouragement for ministry wives and women in leadership, and served on the board of World Relief and Christianity Today, Inc., for over 20 years.

Jill and Stuart call suburban Milwaukee, Wisconsin their home. When they are not traveling, they spend time with their three children, David, Judy and Peter, and thirteen grandchildren.

Pete Briscoe, youngest son of Stuart and Jill, was also born in England but grew up under his father's ministry in Milwaukee. While getting his Masters of Divinity degree at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL, Pete had a professor tell him that it was "a sin to bore people with the Bible." He has taken that to heart as he has served since 1992 as senior pastor of Bent Tree Bible Fellowship in Dallas, TX. Pete and his wife, Libby, have three children.

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