Jonah's Changed Heart

   Have you ever gotten into a situation, realizing that because of your actions, you were in that particular predicament?  There was no one to blame but you.   The consequences you were experiencing were the fallout from your actions.  What you sow, you reap.
   I wonder if that is how Jonah felt as his body was being thrown overboard and plunging deeper and deeper into the Mediterranean Sea.  He had to have felt his life being taken from him, unable to breathe as the water became a grave for him.  His eyes burned from the salt in the water as he tried to open his eyes, hoping for anything yet knowing this drowning was a result of his disobedience (Jonah 2).  
   What were his final thoughts before losing consciousness?  “Why didn’t I just obey God?  Why did I have to run; I knew God would find me because He is sovereign.  Please God help me. I am utterly sorry and repentant of my sin of running from you (vs 2-7)?”   Just in those final seconds of sure death as Jonah plunged deeper into the depths of the sea, God intervened.
   God accomplishes His will regardless of our obedience or disobedience.  We can receive the blessings of obedience or the piercing pain of walking in disobedience.  Developing into a spiritual leader does not make us any more important in God’s will because of the “key and strategic” role we pla ...

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