Recap: 3M – Jonah

 

3M Bible Exposition Service
Recap from February 23, 2014

 

To many people the study of God’s sovereignty brings deep encouragement and comfort. Knowing that God has a purposed plan and that He will, in fact, work out that plan un-thwarted by any force or adversary should cause believers to rejoice in their unshakable confidence as a child of God.

But at times, this knowledge of God’s sovereign control is not as readily embraced as a means of rejoicing, but as a reason for complaint. Sure, God’s sovereign plan is great when it means paradise and reward, but what about those times when circumstances crush our expectations or result in personal suffering? The temptation is for this otherwise encouraging truth of God’s universal sovereignty to regress into bitter resentment toward God for allowing what we deem to be unlawful.

On February 23, Dean Richetto took us to the book of Jonah and challenged us with an important question. He asked us, “What should I do if I don’t appreciate God’s plan for my life?”

DeanAfter walking us through the historical narrative of Jonah’s reluctant journey to preach repentance to the people of Nineveh, Dean helped us grasp a vision of God’s character and attributes as portrayed throughout the book. He noted how the story reveals a God Who is sovereign and merciful—a God of might, yet also of second chances. It shows us that God uses people who fail and often uses calamity to get our attention. We also find that God relents when people repent and that His purposes cannot be thwarted. (Proverbs 19:21; Isaiah 14:27; 46; Job 42)

But we also found that despite knowing all of this, we could still fail to honor God in the midst of circumstances that seem to us as less than ideal—as it was with Jonah. Rather than responding in disobedience, anger, and resentment; however, we can respond through worshipping, rejoicing, thanking and trusting our wise, sovereign, and good God! (1 Peter 4:19; Proverbs 3:5-6; Isaiah 55:8; Luke 1:38)

If you happened to have missed our 3M service, the audio mp3 is available below for your encouragement. Please join us on March 23 as Jack Bluel shares with us from God’s Word.

1 Peter 4:19

Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will
entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.

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