Jonah Is Thrown into the Sea
7 And they said to one another, “Come, let us cast lots, that we may know on whose account this evil has come upon us.” So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah. 8 Then they said to him, “Tell us on whose account this evil has come upon us. What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? And of what people are you?” 9 And he said to them, “I am a Hebrew, and I fear the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.” 10 Then the men were exceedingly afraid and said to him, “What is this that you have done!” For the men knew that he was fleeing from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them.
11 Then they said to him, “What shall we do to you, that the sea may quiet down for us?” For the sea grew more and more tempestuous. 12 He said to them, “Pick me up and hurl me into the sea; then the sea will quiet down for you, for I know it is because of me that this great tempest has come upon you.” 13 Nevertheless, the men rowed hard[b] to get back to dry land, but they could not, for the sea grew more and more tempestuous against them.
- What stands out to you in this section? Why?
- Think back to a situation were you ran from what you knew was right or a situation your running from now. How did you avoid it? How did it affect your life, did it just go away or did it/is it creating a storm.
- Jonah’s solution was not to ask for Gods forgiveness or turn back but to be tossed into the sea. He would rather fight a storm than do what God asked.
- Are you willing to face what God is asking you to do? It may be hard and scary, small or big but no matter how far away we run it will always be in the background of our everyday lives, waiting to be dealt with. The good news is that it doesn’t have to become this overwhelming storm. God wants us to come to him to gain rest, even when we run away or tell him not, We just have to turn a face to what God has asked us to do, and ask him to help.
Make a choice today to face what God has asked. Pray, talk to someone or do both. We are all here to help. We love you!