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A Whale and A Worm

The story of Jonah is well known. Most look at it on the surface and see a prophet who runs away from God, is saved by a whale, and ends up warning people who repent. There are four truths we can uncover in Jonah's story. The process of disobedience is explained. Jonah proceeds to “go down” four times: down to Joppa (a place), down inside the ship (a vehicle), down into the sea (a discipline), and finally down into the belly of the whale (a result). Truth 1: Going away from God is always going down but God can never be "got away" from. Just think of the prodigal son, and Peter after the crucifixion. Even Jonah's disobedience is being used by God to capture the hearts of sailors. These pagan sailors are caught in the fierce storm with Jonah and are thinking they need to save themselves and Jonah but, when all their prayers to their gods and their physical efforts are found to be ineffective in calming the storm, then they assent to Jonah's request to throw him overbo…

Waiting

It seems we do a lot of waiting in life. Waiting for family to get ready before we can go somewhere. Waiting for the street light to turn green. Waiting for the end of the month. Waiting for a raise. Waiting for a package to arrive on our doorstep. Waiting, waiting, waiting. Can we think about waiting in the spiritual sense, too? The Psalmist’s often shared his confidence that the Lord cared and loved him. He said, “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope (Psalm 130:5)." He learned to wait for God to act in whatever the circumstance was before him. The Psalmist’s particular circumstance was not noted in this Psalm so that we could apply it to all our circumstances. We can ask, why the repetition of “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits?” The soul consists of the mind, emotions and will and psalmist may get his body to wait calmly but the inner man still could be full of anxiety, so he states it is not only me on the outside that waits but me on the inside. …

Recycling In Life Series - 20 - Final Thoughts

As we said in the introduction to the Recycling In Life Series, there is a process involved in recycling the situations of our life. It begins with being thankful, no matter what is taking place. This is a matter of viewing the situation from a higher position. It is considering that God is powerful enough to not have allowed that into your life and because He did allow it, then we need to be thankful, for if we are grateful then that opens the door of our mind to objectivity. That will allow us to honestly view the situation and grow from it. With true thankfulness addressed, the next step in the process of recycling is to determine responsibility or fault. This requires you be rational not accusative, calm not agitated, and above all humble not haughty. Determining responsibility causes one to sometimes cringe and maybe do a "duck and weave," but ultimately the essence is to allow the blame to rest on you if dully deserved. If not you but another, do consider if there was a…