Jonah - Discovering the depths of God's mercy
Jonah’s problem with God
Jonah 4:1-11 Throughout the book of Jonah we encounter a troubled man. And even after God had spared his life and his “successful” ministry to Nineveh, he is still angry with God. But why? In this message we take an honest look into the heart of this reluctant prophet and see the selfish biases that made him so miserable. Ultimately he had a wrong view of God. He wanted judgement on the Ninevites (which Jonah himself deserved) but mercy for…
Out of the depths
Jonah 1:17-2:10 Distress, deliverance, dedication. This is the pattern of every salvation story. Jonah 2 teaches us that to understand God’s grace we must accept the reality of our distress and that only God can deliver us. Such a gracious deliverance ought to lead to our dedication. May we be like Jonah who says, “I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the LORD.’ “
Running from God
Jonah 1:1-4 Jonah reminds us that we cannot outrun God. Going our own way only ever leads to disappointment, brokenness and trouble. The storms of life call us back to God, back to trusting him and serving him.