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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 no 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,


The Vine

I could camp on Jonah for awhile. It’s one of those Sunday School Stories that captures the imagination and wonder kids have, and lasts a lifetime. I love the Veggie Tales version; imagine a stick of asparagus giving us this profound story from God.

So my focus is the vine that God gave Jonah at the end of his task in 4:6. “Then the Lord God provided a vine and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the vine.”

God shows the idolatry (2:8) in Jonah heart but the prophet doesn’t get it. He doesn’t see his sin and that God exposed it so he might repent of it. Tulian Tchividjian (Running from Grace), says, Idolatry is building our identity around something other than God. His idol becomes his ethnicity and calling as a prophet, says John Botkin.net (Idolatry). Swindoll comes right out and calls Jonah a pathetic narcissist. A good look at God’s revival and maybe different from our thoughts are 9 points shared on Wretched.org Episode 2145 October 2017. 1. The conversions numbered in the 100,000. 2. No signs of wonder i.e. No Healing. 3. Poor preaching. 4. Preacher was no one special. 5. Content of preaching was wrath and judgment, not mercy and grace. 6. No big show. 7. The event was unscheduled. 8. No prayer meeting. 9. Evidence of revival was brokenness over sin. (For us that is the Gospel).

Our question (mine) is whether I have allowed God to expose my idols? Is there a place in my life where I need God to act in compassion and grace? As Jonah I feel that I am not qualified to bring the Gospel to others. I worship the same idol. I am not sure but I am putting a lot of faith in hearing the Christmas Story in a different light this year. I am asking God to help me come to terms with His generosity of Boundless Love.

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