Are You A Jonah?
(Jonah 2: 7)
When you neglect the call of God in your life it is a sin against your maker. The apostle James made this statement about doing the right thing in our life and most of us know what is right and wrong. “…Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth not, to him it is sin” (James 4:17). Jonah appears as a gutless wonder running from his calling and his duty. God called on him to go and preach to the Ninevites, yet he refused to do so. How often have we refused God’s calling and went another way in our life? “…But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.”
You may have done a lot of benevolence things in the past, but your past services does not relieve you of your present calling and obligation. Jonah was judged by God for his failure to obey the calling that came to him. Chastisement does not always follow sin. Keep in mind it may precede or prevent it. The apostle Paul’s thorn in the flesh was sent, not because he was exalted above measure but lest he should be.
Often times afflictions are intended to bring a person top their right mentality. When Jonah was cast into the sea he was sure it was all over for him, yet when he was miraculously preserved he had time to reflect on his past wrong. Ill health, family afflictions and other hard times often is a time to think on our personal deeds and Christian duties. Yet we come to understand in our sins we are not beyond God’s help. God’s chastisement often bring about true repentance in our soul. Jonah had to come to recognize that God had His hands in his life’s events.
The storm that Jonah encountered was not by chance. It was not an act of any man. We must learn to look beyond second causes such as an unfortunate step or a man’s injustice, and see God as the disposer of all events. Jonah thanked God for rescuing him from the sea. He praised God while in the belly of the whale for being so good and merciful to him. The reality of Jonah’s repentance was shown in doing God’s will. The vows Jonah made while he was in trouble, he faithfully kept. Will you obey God and do His will in your life?