Week 34   Day 1

 

 

            there is probably just enough Jonah 

in just about all of us 

           

to run away when God calls 

to hide in some secret place 

to refuse to leave our zone of comfort 

 

we have all been to places 

we did not want to go 

           

we got there by being 

pushed

threatened

dragged

            promised a reward 

 

and when there we determined to be

angry 

bored 

indifferent 

closed to everything

 

but then we were surprised 

our resistance turned around because

            what promised boredom turned out exciting 

what appeared too simple was significant 

what seemed like a threat was no problem at all             

what looked irrelevant was vital  

 

God exchanges our reluctance for his redemption

God exchanges our rebellion for his rejoicing 

 

there is probably just enough Jonah

in just about all of us

            for God to say to us

            "arise and go. . ."

                                                            

                                                                        ---rus

 

 

 

                 FLEEING FROM THE PRESENCE OF GOD

The sailors appear more receptive to God than the preacher!

                                                  Jonah 1

 

     1The word of the Lord came to Jonah, 2"Arise and go
to
Nineveh, that great city, and cry out; for their wickedness

has come up before Me."  3But Jonah arose to flee from the

Lord.  He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to

Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go

from the presence of the Lord.

     4But the Lord sent out a great wind, a mighty tempest

on the sea, so that the ship was about to be broken up.

     5Then the mariners were afraid; every man cried out to

his god, and threw the cargo that was in the ship into the sea,

to lighten the load.  But Jonah had gone down into the lowest

parts of the ship, had lain down, and was fast asleep.

     6The captain came to him, and said, "What do you mean,

sleeper?  Call on your God; so perhaps we may not perish."

     7And they said to one another, "Come, let us cast lots, that

we may know for whose cause this trouble has come upon us."

So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah.  8Then they said

to him, "Please tell us!  For whose cause is this trouble upon

us?  What is your occupation?  And where do you come from?"

     9Jonah said to them, "I am a Hebrew; and I fear the Lord,

the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land."

     10Then the men were exceedingly afraid, and said to him,

"Why have you done this?"  For the men knew that he fled

from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them. 

11They said to him, "What shall we do to you that the

sea may be calm for us?"--for the sea was growing more

tempestuous.

     12Jonah said to them, "Pick me up and throw me into

the sea; then the sea will become calm for you.  For I know

that this great tempest is because of me."

     13Nevertheless the men rowed hard to return to land,

but they could not, for the sea continued to grow more

tempestuous.  14Therefore they cried out,  "O Lord, please

do not let us perish for this man's life, and do not charge us

with innocent blood."  15So they picked up Jonah and threw

him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging.  16The

men feared the Lord exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice to
the Lord and took vows.

     17The Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah. 

And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and nights.
              This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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