Soul Snack S13/12 ... Jonah's Jolt!
A turbulent and wild Mediterranean demanded sacrifice. Treading water would be no option for this recalcitrant missionary as it boiled over the gunwales of ancient tortured timber.
Nobility had never been on Jonah's mind - Tarshish tragically so much more inviting than Nineveh.
Jonah's sin had caught him and the innocent sailors - for sin is never conducted in a vacuum.
As Jonah was raised above the sodden sailor's heads he faced the grim realisation that not to die to himself is to really die. Over distressed timber he was hurled, no splash was visible in this salty cauldron. The sea's rage subsided, for self-sacrifice is the only answer to the raging storms of indulgence.
"Pick me up and throw me into the sea," he replied, "and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you." (Jonah 1:12)
I wonder if Jonah ever saw the parallel - the level of my distress can equal the level of God's attempts to gain my attention.
Thankyou Father that do you do not want to leave me to my own devices. Today I humbly ask you to help me understand my life before you. I want to draw close to you and know your good perfect and pleasing will for me. AMEN.
Today's Soul Snippet:
"The better you know Jesus in your heart, the more the world will see Jesus in your life." - Troy Kenna
There are many reasons for suffering - sin is only one of them, read 5 more here