Romans 8:1-2; Jonah 1:9-16; Philippians 3:12-13
Yesterday we read the first chapter of Jonah and we saw the beginning of the narrative play out. Jonah is called to preach to one of the toughest, most dangerous nations. It’s understandable that Jonah wouldn’t want to go to this city.
And the truth is, God is probably calling you to something that won’t be easy; worthwhile things rarely are. But just because the task is great doesn’t mean our God isn’t greater. Our fear doesn’t give us the right to flee.
So back to Jonah’s story – he’s admittedly ashamed of what he’s done, and the sailors ask what they can do to calm the storm that’s come. Jonah’s response is not to direct him back towards God’s Will; it’s to throw him overboard! His shame actually takes him even further from God’s Will.
Understand this – acting on shame will never right your wrongs. Contrary to your initial feelings, shame will never bring relief. Shame is a tool of the enemy to keep you stuck in the decisions you’ve made in the past. Jonah tries to take the easy way out by indulging in his shame. However, God doesn’t let him off so easily, and gives grace in the shape of a fish.Adapted From: I Would, But… - You Version