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Click here for today’s reading: Jonah 1, 2, 3, 4; 2 Timothy 2
Here is my SOAP for today, Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Good morning friends… I had to play a little catch-up this morning… I met my cousin for breakfast early Saturday morning… followed by Sunday being an early day (and our Summer Splash pool party!) followed by a VERY EARLY fishing trip Monday… I got a little behind! Thanks for being patient over the past couple of days. I try to give myself the same grace I would extend to anyone else… (But I’m better at being gracious with you than with myself.) I am just about caught up! WHEW!
Jonah 1:1 “The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: 2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.” 3 But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish.”
12 “Pick me up and throw me into the sea,” he replied, “and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you.”
17 “Now the Lord provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.”
Jonah 2 WHAT A PRAYER! 1 “From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. 2 He said:
“In my distress I called to the Lord,
and he answered me.
From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help,
and you listened to my cry.
3 You hurled me into the depths,
into the very heart of the seas,
and the currents swirled about me;
all your waves and breakers
swept over me.
4 I said, ‘I have been banished
from your sight;
yet I will look again
toward your holy temple.’
5 The engulfing waters threatened me,[b]
the deep surrounded me;
seaweed was wrapped around my head.
6 To the roots of the mountains I sank down;
the earth beneath barred me in forever.
But you, Lord my God,
brought my life up from the pit.
7 “When my life was ebbing away,
I remembered you, Lord,
and my prayer rose to you,
to your holy temple.
8 “Those who cling to worthless idols
turn away from God’s love for them.
9 But I, with shouts of grateful praise,
will sacrifice to you.
What I have vowed I will make good.
I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’”
10 And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.”
Jonah 3:1 “Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: 2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.”
3 “Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh.”
Jonah 4:1 “But to Jonah this seemed very wrong, and he became angry. 2 He prayed to the Lord, “Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. 3 Now, Lord, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.”
4 But the Lord replied, “Is it right for you to be angry?”
9 But God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?” “It is,” he said. “And I’m so angry I wish I were dead.”
10 But the Lord said, “You have been concerned about this plant, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. 11 And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left—and also many animals?”
2 Timothy 2:3 “Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.”
13 “if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.” (One of my favorite verses. He is not just “faithful”… He IS faithful!)
What a great question… “Is it right for you to be angry?”
BUT… the BETTER question is, “Should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left—and also many animals?”
Talk about taking responsibility for your actions… Jonah completely took responsibility for the storm and was willing to be thrown overboard because of it. (I really don’t think he was trying to commit suicide… I think he was just owning what was his… and was willing to own the consequences.)
This story makes me both wonder (and appreciate) why God would send Jonah… knowing how it would turn out… Yet I’m thankful God chooses to use each of us… because in reality, we are not all that different from Jonah… losing sight of what’s really important… being selfish… running from God at times… unwilling to take responsibility for our actions, etc, etc, etc…
I love that Jonah went, however unwillingly… to Nineveh and gave the message the Lord wanted him to give. But this kind of reminds me of Elijah and the prophets of Baal… After his amazing victory, calling down fire from heaven, he ran from Jezebel… whereas Jonah went off and had a pity party… That’s when God asked him this question, “Should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left.”
Lord help me to walk in obedience to you… to deliver the messages you have ordained for me to give.