Throw your Jonah Off the Boat!

Throw me into the sea

Today's Scripture: Jonah 1

The story of Jonah contains so many life lessons for the believer, especially one like you and me, trying to grow deep roots in God. We learn from Jonah that we need to be obedient to God’s will. We also learn that we can pray to God and ask for His mercy even when we “screw up” big time! But one of the profound lessons also contained in the book of Jonah is that we need to do away with whatever will be detrimental to our moving forward in life.

Jonah was determined to run away from God, so he got on a boat with some other men on their way to Tarshish. As soon as Jonah got on the boat, there was a storm. Do you see what I’m seeing in connection with today’s title? The presence of Jonah caused a storm, and when the people figured who was the cause of the storm, Jonah said, “Throw me into the sea.” But guess what happens? It could not have been fair or “nice” for them to throw a human being like them into the sea. They had some compassion, so the Bible says in verses 13 and 14,

“Instead, the sailors rowed even harder to get the ship to the land. But the stormy sea was too violent for them, and they couldn’t make it. Then they cried out to the Lord, Jonah’s God. “O Lord,” they pleaded, “don’t make us die for this man’s sin. And don’t hold us responsible for his death. O Lord, you have sent this storm upon him for your own good reasons.'”

Eventually, they had to succumb to God’s will, so “Then the sailors picked Jonah up and threw him into the raging sea, and the storm stopped at once!”

How amusing. Now, the question today is: is there any Jonah in your life – unhealthy associations, addictions, bad habits, etc.? I know you might be tempted to feel “sorry” for the Jonah on the boat of your life, but now is the time to throw Jonah in the sea for you and your Jonah to move forward.

Action Point: Examine your life and throw every Jonah off the boat.

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