THE DOWN WARD SPIRAL OF A RUNAWAY

 

Since God is no respecter of persons He made sure that every human is born with a calling, a gift, a path that leads to ones intended blessed destiny. The choice is ours to chose Gods  path, our own path, or the evil ones path.
The ninevites were an enemy of Israel and a constant thorn on Israel’s side
That is why Jonah didn’t want to see them repent and prosper
Jonah allowed the politics of the day to influence him to the point of disobeying Gods order this intruding into Gods eternal plans
One thing is abundantly clear and that many of us have found out the hard way;
If we decide to run away from God it is never an upward way to victory but a constant down ward spiral  though Have you noticed how easy it is to go down there are no struggles until one hits the bottom
Here they are
1.
went down to Joppa;
That was by choice
 
2. went down into it (The ship)
    That is still by choice
 
3.was gone down into the sides
 His choices produce an automatic negative chain reaction
 
4. So they look up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea
   Disobedience to God hurts those around us in more than one way
 
5. Is when he gets swallowed by the whale
  Sometimes we have to hit rock bottom like an alcoholic/drug user, before we can rise to our place of prominence
Jonah 1:1 Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me. 3 But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. 4 But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken. 5 Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep. 6 So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not. 7 And they said every one to his fellow, Come, and let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil is upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah. 8 Then said they unto him, Tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil is upon us; What is thine occupation? and whence comest thou? what is thy country? and of what people art thou? 9 And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land. 10 Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him. Why hast thou done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the LORD, because he had told them. 11 Then said they unto him, What shall we do unto thee, that the sea may be calm unto us? for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous. 12 And he said unto them, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be calm unto you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you. 13 Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not: for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous against them. 14 Wherefore they cried unto the LORD, and said, We beseech thee, O LORD, we beseech thee, let us not perish for this man’s life, and lay not upon us innocent blood: for thou, O LORD, hast done as it pleased thee. 15 So they look up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging. (KJV)

In the end Jonah rises to the occasion and does that which is his calling

Manasseh P.Mankuleiyo

Presiding Bishop
Faith Evangelical Free Churches (Kenya)

"Oh To Be His Hand Extended"

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