Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Day 21: Jonah 1:1-3

The word of the LORD came to Jonah son of Amittai: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.” But Jonah ran away from the LORD and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the LORD.

One of the most popular bible stories with Children is the story of Jonah who was cast to the belly of a whale for three days. Some scholars are skeptical about if this story is really true. However, I would argue that it really does not make that much of a difference. The main point is that God knows best. Jonah did not want to go to preach in Nineveh. Which lets face it, was a city that was full of “wickedness” so he was going into a hostile environment. In our life we may be put into situations that make us uncomfortable. We might be asking Why God? Why Me? Sometimes it is unclear what Gods plan is for you or me. What will the future bring? But that is why we call it faith. Jonah thought he knew what was best for him so he did not go preach. Sometimes we think we know what’s best and try to do it. This does not mean we should just sit around and wait around for a sign from God. Instead we should pray about our decision. As the popular wristbands of the 1990s state WWJD , What Would Jesus Do?
-Henry Dahling

Almighty and everlasting God, mercifully look upon our infirmities and stretch forth the hand of Your majesty to heal and defend us; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved
Artwork by Ed Riojas, © Higher Things.

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