A SUMMARY OF SOME LESSONS FROM JONAH CHAPTER ONE: Romans 15 says, 4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.” What are we learning from this minor prophet?
God calls all believers to participate in the Great Commission, to get the gospel out about Jesus Christ. Am I, are you, running away from that assignment?
How much do we rely on our own resources (he bought his own ticket away from God’s will) to live life, instead of trusting Him to provide what we need?
Who are the innocent ones who have been hurt by my rebellion? Who have I sacrificed on my altar of self-determination?
Where is my conscience not bothering me, keeping me awake (when it should)?
Am I aware that I can be quite orthodox in my words but very heterodox in my actions? Is my belief more a matter of ethnic pride than humble trust in the living God?
Where is the place of genuine repentance in my life? Or am I so stubborn that I would rather die than confess my sin and bow before my Lord?
Do I see the Lord as sovereign, even over my poor witness? Am I careful not to rely on His sovereignty to overcome my disobedience?
Do I recognize the many things, circumstances, and people that God provides in my life to get His work done?
My prayer: “Lord, this is an amazing book, almost a bit of an autobiography of my life! Help me to submit, repent, and do what You have called me to do. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”