Wednesday, September 03, 2003

Edifier du Jour-Jonah 1:1-4
1 The word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai saying, 2 "Arise, go to Nineveh the great city and cry against it, for their wickedness has come up before Me." 3 But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. So he went down to Joppa, found a ship which was going to Tarshish, paid the fare and went down into it to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. 4 The LORD hurled a great wind on the sea and there was a great storm on the sea so that the ship was about to break up.
It's one thing to have God say "X" and for you to say "Why?" Moses grilled God on his orders to returned to Egypt and even Mary asked the angel "How can this be...?" God doesn't mind a sincere question, for we'll often be ask to discern spirits to make sure that we don't attribute every thing that flitters through our head. However, what Jonah does is different. Here, he's fleeding from God's presence; good luck, Huck. God said "X" and Jonah said "Y." It took a three-day detour through a big fish for God to deliver the message "What part of 'X' didn't you understand?" Sometimes we have to be dragged kicking and screaming into doing what God wants. God still wound up using Jonah; not everyone who God uses comes off as a great study of character. In fact, you don't see too many Bible characters that batted a thousand. He can use quirky old you if he can use a self-centered grump like Jonah.

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