Do you have functioning faith? How about your gleaning? Are you an outsider? The kinsman (Jesus) sacrificed Himself, without sin, to satisfy God’s wrath on your sin. Trust in His sinless life, atoning death, and victorious bodily resurrection to bring you into peace with God.
As Jonah concludes his prayer, the Word of God is clear to him, “Do you do well to be angry?” Boice remarks of Jonah’s anger, “He had obeyed God, doing what God wanted; but God had not done what Jonah wanted.” Is this the cause of your own anger?
Jonah preached God’s Word, Nineveh Repented of their sin, and God withheld His judgment. So it is with us. You can have a great awakening! Repent of your sin. Christian, just as Jonah’s task wasn’t easy…neither will yours be. But we must all share the gospel with those still in sin.
Chapter 3 begins with Jonah’s Great Commission being repeated to him. We learn more of the Love and Mercy of God here through:
• A New Begining.
• His Clear Instructions to Jonah.
• Jonah’s Full Obedience to God.
God knows your condition, still, He is calling you. Jonah is still not perfect but he responded well. Will you respond similarly today? Jonah is a story about the Love and Mercy of God. Please experience this today.
If you are living on the run, or out of His will, I promise He is not finished with you— Repent, Return to Him. If you are unsaved, be saved today and begin this wonderful relationship with the Providential, Providing, All-Knowing God!
You can live your life 1 of 2 ways in light of Jonah’s story. You can obey God and be blessed by His using you to reach others or you can resist, be miserable, and still be used by God to reach others. To those of you here today unsaved, I implore you…. See the mercy and love of God in this story; See the length to which He will go to reach out to you; Return to Him today!
We find Jonah, fleeing, but being pursued by God. This speaks to the mercy and love of God. He loves so much, that He pursues Jonah. He is so merciful, though Jonah disobeys and flees, God stays after Him to help him into a good path rather than one of destruction.
Jonah disobeyed God’s Word, he tried to avoid God’s will and flee God’s Holiness. He attempted to flee the presence of God! But Jonah knows all too well that God is All-Present. He is everywhere, all the time. Further, Jonah, God’s prophet, knows and preaches that God is sovereign. He is in control. Are you following Him or fleeing?
Let me ask you today, spiritually speaking, “What are you going to do with
Christmas?” Christ came down and has spiritually made you rich. Are you living richly or poorly? Is your life like Mary, Joseph, Simeon? Just, Devout, Holy Spirit-led?
As we continue a look at the Life of Christ and seeing reasons to say, “Jesus, Thank You…” Today we will look at His Birth. Arrangements can sometimes become overwhelming. Adventures can really wear on us. This is the Birth of Christ. Are you taking full advantage of Christmas? Jesus came that you might be saved, are you?