Jonah Paid For His Own Troubles
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Have you ever bought something that you know you paid more than you bargained for? Jonah had been instructed by God to go to Nineveh, instead he buys a ticket on a ship to Tarshish. He never dreamed his purchase would cost him so much.
On his journey, the sea becomes vehemently violent. All the men quickly realize they were in trouble. They began throwing cargo overboard to save the ship and their lives. Jonah knew he had made a bad choice. He knows that God has His ever eye upon him. You can run thousands of miles in the wrong direction but God still knows right where you are.
Things quickly went from bad to worst. When were out of the will of God, things usually do get worst before they get better. Jonah reveals to the men on the ship, cast me overboard and the sea will calm down. Sure enough, just like Jonah declared the seas came to a calm when they threw him overboard.
It's the love and mercies of God that will come chasing after each of us when we're heading the wrong direction. Have you ever seen someone drive down a one-way street the wrong way? Everyone is honking their horns at them and there wondering why people are being so mean to them.
God was doing more than honking His horn at him. God sends a wind and then a whale to turn this disobedient servant around. God has given Jonah an assignment and He isn't taking his actions to lightly. After spending three days and nights in the belly of a whale, Jonah has an awakening. It wasn't till now that he comes to realize the best thing for him at this point is to do things just like the heavenly Father has ask.
God in His mercy causes the whale to spit him up on the shoreline. Jonah now chooses to travel back the mileage that he's gone in the wrong direction, and to move on to the place called Nineveh where he's been called. His fresh obedience would see 120,000 people saved. He realizes that his own prejudice and feelings against Nineveh is wrong and that God loves people regardless of their hang-ups.
Are you pursuing God's will and direction? Have you chosen to do it God's way, or have you too allowed your head to get in the way of the heart of God? One of the greatest peace you will ever experience in life is to do things God's way. Friend, Choose today to do things just like God directs you and you'll never regret it.
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