BUT THE LORD

Scripture Reading: Jonah 1:4-6

“But the Lord hurled a great wind upon the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship threatened to break up.” (Jonah 1:7)

In his rebellion, Jonah attempted to flee from the presence of the Lord (v. 3). But the Lord would not let him go. God sent a huge storm, a great wind. If Jonah was not going to obey God, he would face a great storm in his life. The reality is that every act of disobedience to God has a storm attached to it. Sin has consequences attached to it.

Let me hasten to say that every difficult thing that comes into our lives is not punishment for some particular sin. Jesus bore all the punishment our sins deserve (Isaiah 53:5,6). However, when we choose to disobey God, there will be consequences of our disobedience.

Look at the consequences that Jonah’s disobedience brought. The ship was almost destroyed. The sailors’ lives were put in jeopardy. The ship’s cargo was thrown overboard. All this happened because of Jonah’s willful act of rebellion against God.

Sin not only has an effect on the one who commits it, it also can have a ripple effect. I have seen it so many times over the course of my ministry. Others are affected by our actions — spouses, children, friends, co-workers, etc. I’ve seen people lose their jobs, their marriages and their material possessions because of the unwise and sinful choices they made.

God loves us too much to leave us in a rebellious state. He will get our attention. When He does, we must do the opposite to what Jonah was doing — we should flee to His presence instead of fleeing from His presence.

Lord God, I know that sin has consequences. I have experienced the reality of this in my life. I know that You love me too much to allow me to run from You. You will come after me. Thank You that You will not leave me in a rebellious state against You. You will bring me back into fellowship with You.

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