Running for God (3 of 4) by Jerry Vines

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Running for God (3 of 4)
Series: Jonah on the Run
Jerry Vines
Jonah 3
4/17/05

The whale spewed Jonah out onto the banks of the sea shore. Jonah picks himself up. The stench is so horrible that he can hardly stand himself. He pulls the seaweed from around his neck. He washes the slime off of his body. He looks into the mirror and he is horrified. His hair is gone from his head and from his eyebrows. He looks at his hands and his face and neck and they are bleached white by the gastric juices of the fish. He's quite a mess.

Sin will always leave you in a mess. Sin always has its scars. God will forgive us when we sin, but the scars of our sin remain.

I heard about a group of people who were visiting in a rest home for the elderly and they ran across an old guy there. They said to him, "How do you account for your long life?" He said, "I drank all the liquor I could drink. I stayed out as late as I possibly could. I ran around and did all kinds of drugs." They said, "My goodness alive, how old are you?" He said, "Twenty two." Sin will leave you a mess.

Now Jonah is ready to run for God. In chapter one he is running from God. Chapter two has him running to God. Now, chapter three is running for God.

I. Jonah's Proclamation.
The first verses, as we study them, I want to call Jonah's proclamation. Verse 1 says, "And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time." The will of God has been clearly revealed to Jonah from the first chapter. He has known all along what God wants him to do.

Why is it God has such a hard time getting us to do what we really know His will is? We are told in Romans 12, verse 2, that the will of God is that which is good and that which is acceptable and that which is perfect. Why does God have such a hard time getting us to do that which is good for us?

The Bible tells us that we are to discern the will of God with our mind. We are to do the will of God with our will and we are to deligh ...


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