Advent: December 20: God’s Messenger

Jonah 1-4; Hebrews 1:1-2

Storms at seas are a frequent part of life. Sailors know when the storms are coming well before they appear. The wind will begin to pick up speed and change direction, the sky may change color, and the clouds will change shape. These storms happen because of differences in air temperature coming from different directions. Warm air rises and cool air falls creating a difference in atmospheric pressure. If the pressure changes are large enough, they can form hurricanes as the winds begin to blow in a circular direction. One thing we know, a storm at sea is dangerous and life-threatening, especially if you are not expecting it.

As we have learned, God can control the elements. So, why would He send a dangerous storm to Jonah, the very person he commissioned to be a messenger for Him? One thing we often forget about God’s character is that He is completely Holy and cannot stand for disobedience and rebellion. Jonah had purposely disobeyed God, and this was God’s response to that choice. Sometimes, God may allow storms to come into our life because of the sin we have chosen.

Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the people of the world revere Him. Psalm 33:8

God is Holy, but God is also love. He offered Jonah grace and a change to repent through the big fish that came to rescue him. He indeed offered the same grace that Christ offers us on the cross. When we mess up and disobey God, we have an opportunity to ask God to save us and turn to Him instead of running away from Him. Just as sending the fish was part of the rescue plan for Jonah, God sending His Son was His great rescue plan for us.

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

SEE GOD AROUND YOU

Go outside and look at the sky. What’s the weather like today? Is a storm coming?  

Check the clouds: Do you see any clouds in the sky? Are the clouds wispy and straight or are they billowing and tall in the sky? Draw what you see. Which clouds do you think would indicate a storm is coming?

Check the wind: Do you feel the wind? What direction is it blowing? Is it strong and gusty or mild?

APPLICATION

Are you in a storm right now? Is it because of any intentional sin in your life or disobedience? If so, turn and face the cross and ask God to forgive you. He will rescue you. After all, this is why He sent Christ for us. He knew we needed some grace after all.

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