What's Shaking With You?

Posted by Scott Lowther on

Jonah 1:1-2 "Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah, the son of Amittai, saying, arise and go to Nineveh, that great city..."


I was jolted awake at 1:00am this morning, as possibly you were too, by the earthquake in Borrego Springs. No matter how many of these earthquakes I go through I always get so excited by them. The power and rumbling remind me of when God speaks in the Bible and the whole earth shakes before Him. Each time I experience one I see it as a kind of “alarm clock” that the Lord uses telling me it’s time to wake up. Since the Lord woke me up I began to think about this week’s Bible study from the book of Jonah. I was going to call it “When Life Swallows You Up” but now I may call it “What’s Shaking With You?" In any case it is a wonderful look at the second chapter of Jonah where we see that in the middle of his despair Jonah prays and God answers with a big fish.

Jonah 1:1-2 "Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah, the son of Amittai, saying, arise and go to Nineveh, that great city..."

In the book of Jonah, we have seen a man, sent by God, to preach the good news to Nineveh. We all know the story; God tells Jonah to do something, Jonah doesn't want to do it, Jonah gets swallowed by a great fish, Jonah finally agrees to do what God asked him to do, and the city of Nineveh repents. It is a story of obedience to the Lord, not necessarily of what God wanted to do for the city of Nineveh. God had a purpose in His heart and Jonah was part of it, even if Jonah was far from cooperative.

I’m sure if you are reading this, you probably have never been swallowed by a giant fish. But I am confident that each of you has had a leading a time or two to do something the Lord asked you to do. This was a burning in your heart, compelling you to do 'whatever' it was God asked of you. You may have never completed it but you knew you were supposed to do 'it.' It may not have been an audible voice, but it was a voice inside you, urging you on, knowing full well what needed to be done and why. The point remains, God placed something on your heart for you to do and it was important to God that you got it completed--even if you didn't feel it was important or ever got it done. Let me say this, it is never too late to do what you are supposed to do and since God never changes His mind His purpose for you remains. So, why haven’t you done it yet?

Eventually, Jonah complied with the desire of God’s heart and preached to the great city of Nineveh. In that preaching we see an entire city turn to the Lord. Look what happens by the grace of God when one man finally does what the Lord asks. The lesson here is obvious:

1. Has the Lord placed something on your heart to do?

2. Isn't it time you obeyed the Lord and got it done?

This weekend we will talk pretty extensively about how we come back from failure in order to get back to what the Lord wants us to do. If you are struggling, or know someone who is, then bring them this weekend as we learn from our friend Jonah how to recover when life swallows us up.


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