Jonah: Running from God
When God is calling us to an assignment/situation, He is calling us to a new level of divine revelation and of self-discovery.
1. There are places in our hearts we will not face until God forces a show down (1:1).
Don’t regularly want God as he is or his will as He wants it
2. We may be unwilling (unable) to embrace the depths of human need until God has forced us into the deep end of life (1:5-11;4:11).
Until you really experience the desperate need for grace, you may be failing to be an agent of grace.
3. God is as resolute about the journey to the task as he is toward the task itself- there is no limit to his relentless grace to reconcile people to himself (1:15-17).
Disobedience doesn’t halt God’s purposes nor necessarily disqualify us; it does bring unnecessary pain (1:15)
God could get a different prophet, but he provided the grace of salvation by a fish because he wanted the same prophet changed.
4. God insists on the “right” to be GRACIOUS (Jonah).
Our bent is to forfeit grace in favour of anger or replacement gods; our gracious God renovates reluctant hearts and rescues rebellious ones. Before he lowers the boom, he graciously offers access to his heart through reconciliation.
We, as a culture, are so concerned about what our rights are; but what are God's rights?