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There is a way out

“When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.” Jonah 3:10.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Jonah 1-4, and 2 Timothy 2.

The Ninevites believed Jonah.

The reluctant prophet warned them that they would be destroyed by God in forty days.

The reaction of the Ninevites impressed God.  He can read hearts and knew that they were repentant.  So He spared them.

There are messages in there for me and for those I see to be away from God.

I must keep myself in a place where my sinfulness gets my attention.  I cannot dip into continuous sinning.  There has to be an end.  Jonah alerted these folks to their sins and what the consequences would be.  I must call sin in my life what it is.  I must remember that there are consequences to sin. Repenting must be the immediate next step.

To those away from God, there always is a road back.  I cannot write off anybody as too far gone with no chance of getting right with God.  God saves sinners and that covers all of us!  No one in our family is too far gone.  We, in Him, can always have hope for their salvation.

“Lord, thank You for Your Word.  So many great stories.  So many lessons presented.  Help me to be very clear regarding my sinfulness and its consequence.  I never want to be alien to You.  I need You close therefore I must keep myself close to You at all times.  Help me, Lord.  You are a great God.”

God welcomes those who turn to Him and repent.

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Wake up!

“The captain went to him and said, ‘How can you sleep?  Get up and call on your god!’”  Jonah 1:6.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Jonah 1-4, and 2 Timothy 2.

Jonah thought that he could run away from God.

He ran………but he couldn’t hide.

A serious storm came up and the captain was desperate.  He tells everyone to pray to their god and maybe something good will happen.

Jonah, however, had not only closed his mind to God’s wishes but he had also closed his eyes to what is going on around him.

When confronted to, “call on his god,” Jonah has a dilemma: He’s not on speaking terms with His God.

And therein is today’s lesson: Am I on speaking terms with God?  Are we close?  Are we communicating?

How fearful to be out of touch with God!

How dangerous to live without knowing His Will!

Aimless wandering, at its best.  A useless lifestyle with no landmark to move toward.

Credit Jonah for figuring out that he, indeed, was the reason for the trouble at sea.  He offered, as Jesus did later on, to give up his life to save others.

I give my life to God.

I take ownership of my sinfulness.

“Lord, thank You for the Jonah story.  So many lessons for me in it.  Forgive me for running from Your Will.  I want to please You by going where You want me to go.  Guide me, O thou great Jehovah.”

Are you asleep and out of God’s Will?  How’s that working for you?

 

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Chasing the worthless

Scene from the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbya

Scene from the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay

“Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them.” Jonah 2:8

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Jonah 1-4 & 2 Timothy 2)

Jonah figured it out and his finding still applies today.

God is ready and willing to satisfy every need and longing that I have. The world promises to do the same. To which will I give my allegiance?

Jonah realized that the folks living in Nineveh were chasing counterfeit gods. Things were not going to end well for them, he assumed, unless they repented.

I, too, must avoid chasing counterfeit gods. My happiness must not be attached to anything of this world. There is no permanence to such an attachment.

As I have written recently, I can tell when I have become attached to a counterfeit god when my disposition turns sour. I know then that my happiness is dependent on something or someone other than God. Why? Because God’s goodness is constant and circumstances do not effect it. The world’s goodness is erratic because the connected circumstances can and will fluctuate.

Think of how that works if a person becomes my counterfeit god. When they are doing what I want then I am happy. When they become unhappy with me or someone else then I am directly or indirectly effected and my disposition changes. I want them to be happy so that I can be happy. They will fluctuate and in like manner I will fluctuate along with them.

My trust must be completely in Him. Nothing in the world can be given “god” status. The world is the enemy of God. I must treat it as an enemy, not something to flirt with.

“Lord, thank You for Your Word. Thank You for the truths that pour from it. Forgive me for missing so much of it. I want You in complete control of my life. Prick my conscience when I begin to be drawn to counterfeit gods. I love You, Father.”

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Pray to your God!

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(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Jonah 1-4 & 2 Timothy 2)

“Pray to your god!  Maybe your god will see we’re in trouble and rescue us.”  Jonah 1:6

Where do I turn when there is trouble?  I know God and know that He is my God in all situations.  This is not a trouble-only relationship.  Live is not steady by God is.  Jonah knew God well enough to know that his disobedience to God was the problem.  I must have a clean relationship with God lest He chooses to get my attention as He did with Jonah.  I can do anything in His strength.

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