Jonah | Day Two
By: Taylor Flatt
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There’s a chair on my front porch and it’s my favorite place to sit and watch as a storm starts to brew. I love watching as the sky grows dark and the clouds start to light up in the distance.
But as much as I love storms, I’m pretty confident that I would not love the one that Jonah finds himself in during our reading today. It’s a fierce storm that threatens to tear apart the boat that’s taking Jonah to Tarshish. It’s a storm sent by God, not because he’s mad at Jonah, but because He loves him.
See, God loves Jonah too much to allow him to run away easily. And God’s too gracious to let him sleep through sin. So because of God’s steadfast love and because of His graciousness, He sends a storm.
And because of God’s steadfast love and because of His graciousness, Jonah’s in for a wake up call ... and just maybe we are too.
Read Jonah 1:4-6.
What caused the storm?
Who was in control of the storm?
Read Mark 4:35-41.
Who was in control of the wind and the waves in this story?
From the beginning of the Old Testament to the end of the New Testament, God is the same. Just like He caused the storm in Jonah, He was able to calm the storm in Mark. The wind and the waves answer to Him and to Him alone.
God is always in control of the storms that we face, not just the physical ones but the metaphorical storms too.
Have you ever walked through a storm in your own life? How could you see God in control and how was He able to use it for good?
Now, not all storms are caused by running from God. Sometimes we face storms in life simply because we live in a broken and fallen world. But God’s still in control of every storm that we face and no storm is ever without purpose. God has a purpose for every storm.
So why do you think God caused this storm in Jonah? What was the purpose?
Jonah was running from God. And in case you’re planning on trying that anytime soon, it doesn’t work. God loved Jonah too much to allow him to run away from Him. So He sent a storm.
Do you think God sent the storm to punish Jonah?
God didn’t send a storm to punish Jonah but to pursue him with His faithful love. God knew that the storm would draw Jonah back to Himself. Jonah ran and God pursued him. Think about that for a second.
How was God pursuing Jonah in these verses? Why was God pursuing Jonah in these verses?
Can you see evidence of God’s love in His actions? Now look back to Jonah 1:4-6.
Where was Jonah while all of this was going on?
For Jonah, this storm is a literal wake up call. In fact, when the storm hits, Jonah is dead asleep below the deck. But he isn’t just physically asleep. He’s spiritually sleeping, too.
How was Jonah spiritually asleep?
Jonah wasn’t pursuing God, but God was pursuing Jonah.
Read Romans 5:8. Rewrite it in your own words.
Thinking about this passage in Romans, how are we like Jonah?
Even when we aren’t pursuing a relationship with Jesus, He’s pursuing a relationship with us. We were dead asleep in our sins too, but God loved us too much to leave us that way. He sent us a wake up call as well - the cross.
Just like God dramatically pursued Jonah in this story, He’s pursuing you with the same enthusiasm. Think about your circumstances and count the ways in which God is pursuing you today. He’s given you faithful love even when you haven’t been faithful. That’s good news - that’s the gospel!