In Jonah chapters 1& 2 God calls Jonah to go to Ninevah to warn them about the consequences of their actions. Jonah doesn’t want to, so he runs straight into a storm. He tries to get as far away from God as he can, but even the ocean isn’t a big enough place to hide from God. Jonah repents and the misery of life on the lamb ends immediately. There’s a freedom in repentance that restores our souls and returns us to the right path.
Questions for discussion:
a. What do you think was the main point of Matt’s message?
b. What do you think God was trying to teach Jonah?
c. Have you ever intentionally avoided doing something you knew needed to be done? What was the result of your inaction?
d. Why did you avoid doing it?
e. How do you think things would have turned out differently if you had not avoided this issue and had taken care of it at the time?
f. How can we apply this to our daily life?
Do something about it:
God calls each of us to do things- sometimes we want to do them, sometimes we run away as fast as we can. The problem is that it doesn’t work. There’s not a place on earth that God couldn’t find us, and running away from God doesn’t generally land us in a good place.
Stop running from the thing God wants you to do! You never know, you may like the beach more than the belly of the fish.
Exodus 4:1-17; Psalm 139:1-10; Matthew 5:23-25; James 4:17