Day 24 – Jan 24 – Collateral damage

Today’s reading:
Jonah 1: 4
But the LORD sent out a great wind on the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship was about to be broken up.” (NKJV)

The boat had left the shore and was well on its journey. Everyone is enjoying their new trip. They had places to go. New people to meet. The plans were set. The route was charted. They had goods on the boat that they would sell. Money was to be made. Business was good.

But something happened. Something every seasoned sailor is wary of, that the new sailor will experience in awe – the fury of the sea. Out of nowhere, the storm came. There were waves tossing the boat all over the water. The sailors were trying to keep the sails from tearing in the heavy wind. Rains lashed against the deck and waves hit hard. The scene was absolute havoc.

When you read the following verses, you realize the boat lost everything it was set out to do. Verse 5 says that the mariners “threw the cargo that was in the ship into the sea, to lighten the load“. There goes the business! Everyone on the boat was crying out to the gods they knew. The captain looked around. “Wait a minute, wasn’t there another with us?” He got worried and decided to investigate it himself. “What if something happened to the new traveler,” he thought.

Verse 5 continues to say “But Jonah had gone down into the lowest parts of the ship, had lain down, and was fast asleep“.

God wanted Jonah to do something for Him but Jonah decided to go against God’s plans. He was on that boat because Jonah did not like what God told him. But does God leave Jonah? He decides to catch Jonah’s attention. The men on the boat had no clue that the storm they were facing was because of the man asleep below the deck.

I am not sure if you saw it. When Jonah rebelled, he did not put just himself in trouble. He put all the people on that boat into trouble. Everyone was being tossed around because of one person’s disobedience.

God loved Jonah. He loved Nineveh too. And He was willing to jostle the boat a little, maybe even destroy some of the cargo on board, so He could get Jonah’s attention. What if your sin and rebellion is causing discomfort to others. Inorder to remain in your comfort zone, what if you are blindly inflicting pain on others who maybe a part of your family, work or even traveling with you. Is it worth all of the sorrow?

Pray in your own words: If you are rebelling, come back. Tell God you want to come back. Ask God to forgive you. He still seeks the broken-hearted.

Daily Bible Reading: Exodus 9-11 (Old Testament), Matthew 15:  21- 39 (New Testament). (Click here to read)
(This plan is a yearly plan where you can read the full Bible in a single year.)


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