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Series: Jonah on the Run
If you get out of the will of God, you are headed for a whale of a mess. That's certainly what happened to Jonah. The Lord said to Jonah, "Arise and go to Nineveh." Jonah decided that he would go in the opposite direction. He found a ship going to Tarshish. He goes out into the water and the Lord sends a storm upon the water. The sailors discover that the storm is caused by this man named Jonah, and they throw Jonah overboard into the sea.
Out in the sea there is this giant sea monster. It opens its ivory teeth. Jonah goes in, and you can hear the clank of those white chains behind him.
Someone said that Jonah could have written quite a best seller, "Jaws. The Inside Story."
You are always in trouble when you make up your mind that you are going to run from the Lord. When you get out of the will of God, you are headed for a disaster.
I was watching the golf tournament this afternoon and it was talking about some golfer, I don't know which one it was, who had made a mistake on a putt. He said, "When you make a half an inch mistake, you can have a 30-foot mishap."
Sometimes it doesn't seem like a lot, just a little step, just a little deviation from the will of God. But just a few degrees at the very beginning could cause disaster later on.
Down at Cape Canaveral they set off the space ships. If it's just a degree or two off course at the beginning and they don't make the correction, then it gets bigger and bigger and the space ship can go out into tragedy.
Maybe just a little deviation from God's will in your life, just a little unfaithfulness, just a little courtship with the world over here, just a little step from the will of God; and the next thing you know, you are in the whale of a mess.
The fish swallowed Jonah. I was preaching on Jonah a number of years ago on a cruise. Babbie Mason, that marvelous black gospel singer, was in the audie ...
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