"Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me."
(Jonah 1:2 KJV)
"And the Lord spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land."
(Jonah 2:10 KJV)
The prophet Jonah seems almost comical in his relationship with Our Awesome God, except for one thing: the souls of over 100,000 people were at stake in Nineveh. Jonah tried to run away from God, learned a terrifying lesson, did his duty, and then, still had the nerve to complain to Our Awesome God, the Creator of the Universe. But God was forgiving, both of the prophet Jonah and the sinful people Jonah preached to.
The reluctant prophet finally recognized the power of Our Awesome God when he was swallowed by a whale (big fish) and remained in its belly for three days. Jonah had the good sense to repent and thank God for his life. He delivered God's message to Nineveh with accuracy. Even though he resented it, he did his duty.
The prophet Jonah was both foolish and selfish. He mistakenly thought he could run away from Our Awesome God. He ignored God's desires and indulged in his own prejudice against the people of Nineveh, who were Israel's fiercest enemies. He thought he should have his revenge, that he knew better than God when it came to the fate of the Ninevities. God can use anything He wants to make us realize that He is in charge, even a whale.
While it may appear that we can run or hide from Our Awesome God, we're only fooling ourselves. Our role may not be as dramatic as Jonah's, but we have a duty of love to God to carry it out to the best of our ability. God is in control of things and not us. When we choose to disobey Him, we should expect bad consequences and Jonah received his in the form of the whale. From the moment Jonah went his own way, things started to go wrong. It is unjust for us to judge other people (the Ninevities) based on our incomplete knowledge of them but Jonah did. God is the only righteous judge, favoring whom He pleases because He knows them and what they will do. God sets the agenda and timetable. Our job is to follow Our Awesome God's instructions. So learn how to hear God's call and follow Him.
Join us at LWBC as we work in Our Awesome God's vineyard to tell everyone about Jesus Christ and His salvation. We start with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. There are many opportunities to learn about God in our programs which include Bible Study groups, Prayer Meetings at 7:00 PM on Wednesday and AWANA for children on Sunday evening at 6:00 PM. See what you can do and learn!
Flo & Bill