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Sailing On The Boat Of Life, O And God's Steering

Posted: Sunday, December 14

Pastor Jon Brooks // College &amp; Young Adult Pastor

Pastor Jon Brooks // College & Young Adult Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Jonah 1:1-4-11
Revelation 5:1-14
Psalm 133:1-3
Proverbs 29:26-27


Verse of the day:

“Throw me into the sea,” Jonah said, “and it will become calm again. I know that this terrible storm is all my fault.” (Jonah 1:12)

I love the story of Jonah. It’s a small book but it packs a big punch in life lessons. I think one of the reasons we relate is because it’s easy to see ourselves in Jonah. There’s a little bit of Jonah in all of us. 


All of us can think of a time when God directed us to go in a particular direction and we went the opposite direction instead. So many times we think that going our own way will result in an easier and fun-filled life. 


If you’re young and naïve you may think that your boat which is drifting away from God will be filled with sunshine and martinis.


Yet if you’ve ever been in the same boat as Jonah, the running-away-from-God boat, you know exactly what kind of boat ride that is. You better hang on and you better have a life vest.


Because when you are already his, God sees you as his. And God is possessive over you. He is jealous. Jesus says: It’s my Father’s will that I don’t lose even one of those that he has given to me.  


And this is the way God is. He will cheat to win. He will wreck your boat!


If today you find yourself drifting in the wrong direction, please turn around. The storms will only intensify and the damage to people in proximity to you will only increase. Turn around. Repent.


Secondly, don’t envy or resent those who are sailing away from God because even if it looks like smooth sailing, the storm is coming. Pray for them. Reach out to them with a call or a text. Love them. Invite them back into God’s family and God’s work. Because there’s a little bit of Jonah in all of us.