by Bailey Smith

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Lessons That Lift Life (3 of 13)
Series: Real Evangelistic Preaching
Bailey Smith

Several years ago I performed a wedding ceremony for a fellow who said, "Brother Bailey, I'm going to be nervous." I said, "There's no reason to get nervous. Just take a bunch of aspirin right before the ceremony and that will calm you down." I didn't tell him to keep the little metal box in his pocket during the ceremony, but he came out with a big bulge on his leg from that metal box, and all during the ceremony, I heard this, "click, click, click." His knees were not knocking; they were missing one another. I could not believe how frightened he was.

We were repeating the vows, and I reached that part where I said, "And thereto I plight thee my troth." He looked at me and said, "I do what?" He didn't know if he wanted any part of that or not! Through life's experiences, we learn lessons. I learned to always have rehearsals before weddings.

In Jonah 1, we read, "Now the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me. But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. But the Lord sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that something worse, to swallow us.

He can use a circumstance, a tragedy, or a difficulty in life to swallow us -to let us know we cannot escape God. The Bible states that the fish swallowed Jonah, came over to the side, and vomited Jonah out upon dry land. We know the sea isn't dry, and the land near the sea isn't dry because that's where the waves come to and fro and make this land damp and wet.

Is the Bible wrong to say that the fish spit Jonah upon dry land? No, because we know ...

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