Saturday, February 24, 2018

Community News 2/24/18

Day 5 of Wk 3: Excuses


Jonah 3:1-10; Jonah 4:1-11

Let’s take this a step further – not only has God saved you from your imminent drowning, but also, He’s now put your feet on solid ground. What do you think your response would be? Would you maybe be more afraid of the God who can control the seas and the creatures within than the task He’s sent you to do?

As we’ll read today and tomorrow, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Not fear in the traditional sense, but an understanding that, if you’re going to fear anything/anyone, God should be first on that list. He does have an immense love for us, but He is also driven by His justice and righteousness.

Like a prisoner on death row that’s been given a second chance at life, Jonah now walks as a free man.

Have you ever met someone who wants everyone to know when they were right about something? They can’t let it go – they need to make sure you know that they were right, you were wrong, and it ought to be documented somewhere for history to be able to look back upon.
Jonah was that type of person.

As we’ll read in this chapter, he may have done what God asked him to, but certainly not with the attitude God would’ve wanted. In fact, Jonah is more concerned about the fact that these Ninevites were sinners that he forgets that he is as well!

You might think you deserve to be bitter or reserved because someone hurt you or someone wronged you; the truth is none of us has the right to be bitter once we’re found by Christ! We surrender our rights when we decide to follow Jesus.

So yes, you might be right. They may have hurt you. They may ‘deserve’ to be given the cold shoulder or even not invited to church. But in God’s sight, we’re all sinners and don’t deserve the grace we’ve been given. So if you struggle with being bitter and maybe even selfish (and self-righteous), read this chapter about Jonah’s last words recorded in scripture. Is that how you want your life to end in the history books?

                                                                                                                            Adapted From: I Would, But… - You Version