Oct 26, 2014
Things You Learn From the Belly of a Big Fish . . .
1. Jonah’s disobedience led to his distress.
“I called out to the LORD, out of my distress and He answered me: out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and You heard my voice.” Jonah 2:2
Is the distress in my life due to willfuldisobedience in my life?
2. Jonah’s distress led to his cry for mercy.
· Distress will bring you to your knees or harden your heart.
Is my distress leading me to cry out to God or am I sinking in bitterness?
3. Jonah’s cry for mercy was answered in God’s display of compassion.
· God’s mercy and compassion is extended to undeserving people.
o The sailors
o The people of Ninevah
o You and me
· God’s great salvation is without prejudice. (Romans 10:12-13)
Getting Personal . . .
· Is there willful disobedience in my life that I am unwilling to confess to God?
· In my distress, am I being drawn to cry out to God, or am I hardening my heart?
· Is there something I am holding on to that I believe is worth the distress I’m in?