The Essential 100 Day 49: Jonah: God Can Still Use Us Despite Ourselves

13 Instead, the men did their best to row back to land. But they could not, for the sea grew even wilder than before.14 Then they cried out to the Lord, “Please, Lord, do not let us die for taking this man’s life. Do not hold us accountable for killing an innocent man, for you, Lord, have done as you pleased.”15 Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging sea grew calm.16 At this the men greatly feared the Lord, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows to him. Jonah 1:13-16

I found this section of verses to be a little treasure.  Jonah was at this moment being stubborn and disobedient to God.  He hated the Ninevites and wanted to see them destroyed.  Even after all he went through to survive and do what God wanted him to do did he still had a hate for these people.  I really think he had a half hearted attempt to tell them God was going to destroy them.  What took him by surprise was the Ninevites took him seriously.  I choose this section of verses to point out that even though we may not like the assignment God gives us, even though we may want to be outside of His will; God will get the job done and still use us.  He might not use us as well, and use someone else.  The storm made believers out of the ships crew.  God took Jonah’s disobedience and turned it around and the crew became believers of God.  God took Jonah’s words to change a city that was against Him.  It makes you wonder who really got the lesson here, was it the sailor’s?  Was it the Ninevites; no it was Jonah.  He learned that God’s will would be done even if he was for what God was doing or against it.  The easier path is to just do what God wants and it will save you a giant fish ride and a blazing east wind.

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