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Jonah 1-4:11

Boy, it’s one thing to have the storms of life battering you because, like seasons, storms come and go; however, it’s something different when a storm is following you because of bad choices. When I was a child and watched a lot of cartoons I would sometimes see a bubble over a character that contained little storms that rained down on the head of the cartoon figure as he walked along. Everywhere the character went the storm went, just like Jonah.

Mike asked,

>> …might we bring storms upon our lives as Jonah did? Might we even bring storms upon other people's lives by disobeying God's will as Jonah did? >>

I’ve often read this book and pondered the possibility of bringing storms into peoples lives. While people all around me try to save their life and possessions while sheltering me, the storm bringer-oner, holding pray meetings and rebuking and binding demonic spirits, the only way to get rid of the storm may is to throw me overboard.

I don’t believe the storm came to Jonah when he was in the boat, the storm came the minute he rebelled against God, it was internal. Jonah knew he was in a weather disturbance, but not one else saw what was on the inside of Johan. The outward manifestation came when he got into someone else’s boat. Watch who you allow into your boat.

Psalm 133:1-3

How wonderful it is, how pleasant,
when brothers live together in harmony!

I love this, harmony. In music, harmony does not mean that everyone sings the same notes at the same time. As each person focuses on their notes and lines, those who listen don’t hear the one singer, they hear all the voices.

We must remember that we were not created to all be in lock step position. Each of us has a purpose and a position in the kingdom of God. Don’t try to do someone else’s job or be someone else. Be what God created you to be and who God created you to be.

Grace and peace,

i was reading the comment above and know what its like to rebel and not want to forgive folks who are evil, and play the part your given. By my disobedience all kinds of folks get weaved and tangled up in the mix and then others suffer for the mess you've made, you suffer most of all. Its better to release whoever harmed u or those you care about and let know have his way. You never know why He allowed the assyians to be so wicked to Isreal, sometimes God uses bad things for a good reason. Also God wants harmony and also you have to accept the part or instrument you've been asked to play not copy someone you think is better then you , wanting to be someone else then who God has asked you to be.

I mean let God handle it, He knows how to do it better then you anyway. So if you try to get even like Jonah did by running he really wanted God to judge them. He didn't want God to grant them mercy, b/c he hated them and wanted them to suffer for what they did. If shows us what Can happen to us for being mad and someone else who harmed us and how we need to let it go. Because God may actually want to release them from the debt and anyway God ended up judging Ninevah down the line anyway. So Jonah was wasting his time being mad, and an opportunity to grant them grace and an opportunity to repent. God is gracious, so I mean He wants everyone to get saved even the most wicked among us.

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