Scripture Reading: Jonah 1:7-10

“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.” (Jonah 1:10

The sailors were terrified and Jonah was sleeping. The men decided to cast lots, which was a common practice in their day. The lot fell on Jonah (v. 7). When this happened, the sailors confronted the sleeping prophet — “Tell us on whose account this evil has come” (v. 8). Jonah answered — “I am a Hebrew, and I fear the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land” (v. 9). Now the sailors had the full picture and they were terrified because they knew that Jonah was fleeing from the presence of the Lord. Jonah’s sin had been found out.

There is an interesting verse in Numbers — “But if you will not do so, behold, you have sinned against the Lord and be sure your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:23). We may be able to hide our sins from people, but we cannot hide them from God. At some point the consequences of our sins become obvious. Sin always has negative and destructive consequences.

Jonah’s sin of attempting to flee from the presence of the Lord was found out. Consequences came upon Jonah and all the sailors on the ship. It did not take long for the sin of Jonah to be revealed. The sailors said — “What is this that you have done?”

God is gracious when He forces us to see the sin in our lives. He wants us to be honest about our sins and to repent of them. Sometimes it takes the revealing of our sins to others to force us to deal with the gravitas of the nature of our sins. We may need others to say to us — “What is this that you have done?”

All Knowing God, nothing can be hidden from Your sight. You know everything about me — the good and the bad. Yet, You still love me and You don’t cast me away from Your presence, but rather You come after me. You cause me to deal with my sins because You want me to come to repentance over them. Thank You for being so loving and gracious to a sinner like me.


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