This week we talked about taking responsibility for your decisions. Do you remember the last time you confessed to doing something wrong? As we read verses 11-17 of Jonah chapter 1, we discover that God’s loving pursuit and discipline leads to conviction and confession in our lives. Not only that, but God’s mercy and grace is immensely great and unexpected.
“I know it is because of me that this great tempest has come upon you.” (verse 12)
- Jonah recognizes it’s his fault, and other people have suffered the consequence of his actions.
- He also recognizes and admits that he has sinned against God. He knows the way to stop it is to turn himself in to the LORD who is causing the storm.
- He disobeyed a direct command from the LORD
- He did not care to love people from another race and background (refused to see everyone as equal, sinners before a holy God)
- He actively ran away from God, trusting in his own strength and wisdom
- You can’t run away from God (Psalm 139:7-12)
- We are all God’s creation, sinners who have gone astray (Romans 3:10)
- God will use us for His glory no matter our actions. We will either be blessed in obedience or suffer consequences by disobeying (Romans 8:28)
Where are you in all of this?Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” God uses His Word to reveal in our hearts where we are at fault.
Relative passages in Scripture:
- Mark 4:35-41 Parallels of Jesus calming the storm
- Matthew 12:38-42 Jesus confirms the narrative of Jonah
- Psalm 51 – a Psalm of confession and repentance
- When was the last time something was all your fault? Was it an embarrassing, funny situation or a serious one?
- Do you think the story of Jonah and fish really happened? How do you think he survived in a fish for 3 days?
- When you pray, do you confess your sins to God? (Lead your family in prayer, confession your sins)
- How did your week at school go? Rate it on a scale of 1-10, and tell me why.