Part of the Miscellaneous series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
The story of Jonah is a very familiar one. Many people who have never stepped foot into a church are familiar with the story of a man who ran from God and found himself in the belly of the whale. But the beauty of God's Word is that often times familiar passages can speak to you in new ways.
God said to Jonah "Arise, go to Ninevah." Jonah arose, just as he was asked. But he ran from God, away from Ninevah. In chapter 3, he's given a second chance. God said "Arise, go unto Ninevah." And this time, Jonah rose up, and went.
A lot happened between the beginning of chapter 1 and chapter 3. But, it all boils down to Jonah's willingness to Submit and Surrender.
Is there something that you are struggling to surrender to God? Is there some pride in your life that keeps you from submitting to the Lord? As long as you are unwilling to submit to God, and surrender the matter to the Lord, you will never find rest or victory.
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1Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 2Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me. 3But 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. (KJV)
1And the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the second time, saying, 2Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee. 3So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days' journey. (KJV)