Summary: We saw last week how a sovereign God chose to send a man with a message to a chosen city. The man rebelled and fled; yet God did not forsake him nor pass over him. He persued him, to bring him to the place of the will of God. We will now look at how God d
He could not blame God, for he knew it was God’s right to deal with men as it pleased him. No matter what happened they deserved God’s wrath as we all do. And yet Jonah was accountable for their lives, for his sins brought the storm.
We all have difficulty with this God is sovereign. He has foreordained all things either by declaration or permissively. And yet man is responsible for his actions.
(Ill.)If a man was drowning and you stood and watched knowing you could save him. Some may say,”Well I guess it must be his time to go or else God would send someone to save him. No! We are responsible for our actions or lack of action.
We are responsible for our families, “Raise up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” This we should not take lightly, look around you at the failings.
If God is not blessing our home or our church can it be laid to us? It is the sins of God’s people that causes God to withhold blessings or send the storms.
God does not chasten the lost in this lifetime they shall stand before him on judgement day.
III. The Lost Praying: Jonah 1:5
What a picture a saint is asleep during this storm and the lost sailors are praying. “Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep.”
We know of another time when a man was asleep during a storm, however other than the fact Jesus used Jonah as a type 3 days and 3 nights in the belly of the whale, the son of man shall be 3 days and 3 nights in the belly of the earth. But Jesus was absolutely faithful to God while Jonah is a picture of disobedience.
1. Their Fear:
This storm must have been extemely violent for these hardened men of the sea to become so afraid. They would not have been easily alarmed. But God made this storm very terrible, he meant to get their attention, and he always knows just how to do it.
When God sends a storm into your life because of some sin you have committed you can be sure he will not allow you to mark it off as a coincidence. He will get your attention.
2. Their Prayers: “cried every man to his own god.”
All men are by nature religious; this is not to say all men seek God for they do not. Religion is that of man building the tower of Babel, our very nature rebels at having a God to rule over us. Men desire a god they can appease by giving him gifts but let them control their own lives. They want to be self sufficient, the masters of their own fate.
When God moves in power man’s will will either bend or break we are never the same after meeting the God of the Bible. We cannot be.
Gen. Douglas MacArthur said there are no atheists in foxholes, while this is true they cry to their own god but they didn’t all return as Christians either. When men become fearful they cry out to their conception of god.
Many men believe if they can just say, “God forgive me.” It will wipe out all their sins, but Jesus said, “Ye must be born again.” These men’s prayers did nothing to abate the storm; the only prayers that are acceptable to God are prayers of faith.