Kellie, Isabella, Isaiah, and Pastor Chris

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Daily Word November 1, 2011

 Then they said to him, “Tell us on whose account this evil has come upon us. What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? And of what people are you?” And he said to them, “I am a Hebrew, and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.” Then the men were exceedingly afraid and said to him, “What is this that you have done!” For the men knew that he was fleeing from the presence of the LORD, because he had told them.
(Jonah 1:8-10 ESV)

So God is showing himself providential, the cat is now out of the bag, the jury has made its conclusion - everything is the result of Jonah's disobedience.  One can only imagine, how this must have weighed on Jonah, certainly this was why he was sleeping - he was worn out and tired of running from God.  He knew who was to blame and he probably forsook life itself.  What is remarkable however, is not that Jonah's sin found him out, what is remarkable is how his sin is now beginning to do something in the heart of the pagan sailors.  Remember that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of all wisdom - these sailors were fearing the Lord!  Certainly they did not have it all figured out, they were not making professions of faith at this moment, but we can see how God is using Jonah's disobedience to begin to do a work in these pagan sailors' lives.

Just an interesting thought that I had today - Jonah was running from his calling.  Remember that God had called Jonah to be his messenger, to carry his message.  Jonah had refused.  But in spite of Jonah's refusal, guess what? - Jonah was still being God's messenger!  Isn't it uplifting to realize that even though we sin and mess up, God's plans are not thwarted?!  Beloved this can be our only confidence.

When I consider how rotten and sinful I am, it is easy to wonder how God could use me.  I cannot speak for everyone else, but I know that in so many ways I am Jonah, no I am worse than Jonah.  And yet - God is faithful to carry out His purposes!

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