The Book Of Jonah.
The book of Jonah is a rather short, yet puzzling account of adventure and God’s grace.
It also shows God’s amazing grace, even for the wicked! Before I get into today’s post, take a moment to read Jonah 1:11-16.
As Believers, we know that even in grave situations, God is working all things for His glory. Take the sailors for example:
They were pagan men, from a pagan land, worshiping pagan gods until this deadly storm came out of no where. Perhaps, they were not totally pagan, because in verse 14, they beg God to forgive them for killing an innocent man?
They apparently had no desire to throw Jonah overboard. However, Jonah had convinced them that they must to save their own lives. Therefore, they had no choice but to throw him to the sea.
The Rest Of the Story
We all know the rest of the story. God provided a way out of danger for Jonah and taught him some valuable lessons. But what about the sailors? Look at verse 16 and how this crazy situation has changed their lives!
These sailors end up fearing God and making a sacrifice to Him. Furthermore, they make vows to serve Him! Not to bang the sovereignty of God drum too loud, but what if Jonah had gone straight to Nineveh?
Would the sailors still have made vows to God?
Difficult To Comprehend
Though difficult to comprehend, it’s totally within God’s authority to use our disobedience (like Jonah’s) to bring more people to Himself. Today, think about this as you interact with numerous people in a variety of situations.
Whether you’re following God’s leading or not; don’t underestimate the possibility that God may be working a far greater plan for someone else.
We must always remember, that we are simply a tool by which our Creator uses for His glory.
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