Summary: The main points of the message are: 1. God Loves You Too Much to Let Remain In Disobedience. 2. A Believer’s Disobedience Always Involves Others. 3. Disobedience Leaves Us Powerless Before the Storms. 4. You Can Not Live A Disobedient Life and It Not Sho
God cares so much that he disciplines us. This is what happened to Jonah. In fact if I were outside the will of God and felt no chastisement from him, I would begin to examine myself to see if I was indeed a child of God.
In Jonah’s life the Lord sent a storm. When storms break out in our lives we may blame God, when in reality it is our own disobedience that has led us into the middle of the storm. The Lord may use a storm to bring these things upon so that we will stop our defiance and run back to Him.
God Loves You To Much to Let You Alone AND…
Secondly, A Believer’s Disobedience Always Involves Others. (v. 5a)
“Then the mariners were afraid; and every man cried out to his god, and threw the cargo that was in the ship into the sea, to lighten the load….”
Because of Jonah’s sin, innocent sailors (and I use that term advisedly) are about to die. Of course these men are not innocent in that they are sinners, but it is Jonah’s sin not theirs that put them in this situation.
We don’t sin in seclusion, like second-hand smoke, our disobedience harms the people around us. The tragedy of backslidden Christians is that they make everybody around them miserable.
But perhaps the greatest damage we do when we disobey God is that we push the lost away from a personal faith in Christ.
It is a sad day when a saint of God has to be exposed before an unbelieving world. Jonah was found out, he had concealed his identity, as child of God but he was discovered. But before point a finger of accusation at Jonah, we need to ask ourselves some questions. Have you worked in the same place for years but no one know you are a Christian?
Third, Disobedience Leaves Us Powerless Before the Storms. (vv. 5b- 6)
“…. But Jonah had gone down into the lowest parts of the ship, had lain down, and was fast asleep. (6) So the captain came to him, and said to him, "What do you mean, sleeper? Arise, call on your God; perhaps your God will consider us, so that we may not perish."
Everyone was praying, except Jonah. Jonah, as far as we know is the only believer in the true God on that ship. And yet he was the only one not praying. There is no evidence here that Jonah called on God. Later, he did but not here, why? I believe it was because he could not. When we live with open and unrepented sin in our lives, we cannot communicate with God. One of the tell-tale signs that we may be running from
God is that we don’t pray anymore. Maybe it is because you’re mad at God. Maybe it is because you don’t want to give up you sin. But regardless of the reason, the result is the same.
Disobedience Leaves Us Powerless Before the Storms and…
Fourth, You Can Not Live A Disobedient Life and It Not Show. (vv. 7-10)
“And they said to one another, "Come, let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this trouble has come upon us." So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah.”
The sailors have been discussing this storm and they have concluded that it was not at all like other storms they have experienced. They had been able to handle other storms but not this one. They have concluded that someone in their number has done something horrible. So they have decided to cast lots to discover who is at fault. We think that we can sin and no one will know it, but God knows (Numbers 32:33) and God caused Jonah to get the short straw.