Oh whale! (Jonah 1:7-10)

There are no excuses for God’s people to be disobedient to the Bible. We are to be doers and not only hearers of the Word.

We can repent or we can face judgement. Judgement may be delayed, but judgement will come.

God loves us too much to let us continue in disobedience. Disobedient believers are selfish individuals. Believers who are filled with themselves are believers who are disobedient to God.

It was discovered that Jonah’s presence on the boat was creating a danger for everyone.

1. The truth of your sin will always be discovered. Throughout the Bible are examples of individuals who attempted to hide their sin from God. Even Adam and Eve instinctively sought to conceal their sin from God. (The clothing of the body was first outcome of the depravity of sin.) Indeed, humanity has always wanted to hide from God. Likewise, covetousness and materialism cause us to do stupid things (Achan’s buried treasure after the battle of Jericho, for example).

Let us not live lives in secret that would cause us to be seen as hypocrites. Confess your sin now rather than have it shouted from the rooftops later on.

2. What you say is overpowered by what you do. One of the problems with the church today is that the world does not believe us. Too often, we believers behave no better than lost people. Jonah attempted to preach truth to the other passengers on the boat but they knew he was actually running from God (because he had told them). They were in the middle of a storm and they were going to drown. Jonah’s attitude about putting them all at risk was rather cavalier.

3. Disobedience usually turns into definance. The way of the transgressor is hard. You don’t live in disobedience without hardship in your life. Little sins have a way of growing up real quick. Sometimes those things that used to grieve us no longer even bother us because we have hardened our hearts. God wants to bring us to a point of repentance. May God break our hearts and bend our knees so that we can say “not my will but yours.”

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