Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Even in Disobedience

Jonah said, "Throw me overboard, into the sea. Then the storm will stop. It's all my fault. I'm the cause of the storm. Get rid of me and you'll get rid of the storm." But no. The men tried rowing back to shore. They made no headway. The storm only got worse and worse, wild and raging.  Then they prayed to God, "O God! Don't let us drown because of this man's life, and don't blame us for his death. You are God. Do what you think is best." They took Jonah and threw him overboard. Immediately the sea was quieted down. The sailors were impressed, no longer terrified by the sea, but in awe of God. They worshiped God, offered a sacrifice, and made vows. (Jonah 1:12-16, The Message)

Sometimes we do stupid things in life.  God directs us to do one thing, as he did when he instructed Jonah to go preach to the people of Nineveh, yet we choose to disobey God and go our own way.  When we do that, we often create problems for other people or complicate our own lives by bringing unnecessary stress upon ourselves.  When will we ever learn that the only true obedience is swift obedience and that God's ways will always be better than our own?

Our God is amazing.  Though we are determined to mess with his plan and do things our own way, he manages to accomplish his purposes even in our disobedience.  Even though it took an unplanned three-day vacation in the belly of a giant fish, Jonah learned that God means business and that he is quite capable of using us at our worst to accomplish his best and bring glory to his name. 

Even though Jonah tried his best to avoid God's mission by boarding a ship headed away from Nineveh, his disobedience ultimately resulted in the sailors worshipping God, who by his mighty power calmed the sea once Jonah was tossed overboard.  Isn't it good to know that whether or not we intend to mess things up, God is still in the business of redeeming our mistakes and using us in spite of them?

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