When Your Issues Have Issues – Part 2.

We all have issues. The problem is when we don’t deal with our issues and take them to the Lord. Then our issues create more issues. Our main issue in life that we all have in common is–disobedience. We all can be like Jonah.

  • Jonah 1:1-3 New King James Version Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.” But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.

Jonah went the exact opposite way to avoid obeying God. We do the same today. But we need to check out where disobedience leads. We don’t have to learn to disobey–that’s our default. We must learn to obey. Obedience requires denying your flesh.

Consider Adam and Eve. They had access to everything in the Garden except one thing. God asked them not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Eve ate from the forbidden tree and nothing happened. So she gave some to Adam. But when Adam disobeyed God, everything changed. Obedience matters. Disobedience brings consequences.

Jonah’s disobedience causes a storm to arise in his life.

  • Jonah 1:4-5 New King James Version – But the Lord sent out a great wind on the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship was about to be broken up.  Then the mariners were afraid; and every man cried out to his god, and threw the cargo that was in the ship into the sea, to lighten the load. But Jonah had gone down into the lowest parts of the ship, had lain down, and was fast asleep.

Don’t go to sleep in your sin. Rise up and pray. When we are disobedient we can cause others to suffer. Jonah’s disobedience caused the whole ship to be in a storm. If Jonah’s ship had a name it would be called “The Disobedience”.

Jonah 1:6-9 New King James Version – 6 So the captain came to him, and said to him, “What do you mean, sleeper? Arise, call on your God; perhaps your God will consider us, so that we may not perish.” And they said to one another, “Come, let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this trouble has come upon us.” So they cast lots, and the lot fell on JonahThen they said to him, “Please tell us! For whose cause is this trouble upon us? What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? And of what people are you?” So he said to them, “I am a Hebrew; and I fear the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.

The storm was so great the men asked Jonah to pray to his God to make the storm stop.

  • Jonah 1:10-16 New King James Version – 11 Then they said to him, “What shall we do to you that the sea may be calm for us?”—for the sea was growing more tempestuous. 12 And he said to them, “Pick me up and throw me into the sea; then the sea will become calm for you. For I know that this great tempest is because of me.” 13 Nevertheless the men rowed hard to return to land, but they could not, for the sea continued to grow more tempestuous against them. 14 Therefore they cried out to the Lord and said, “We pray, O Lord, please do not let us perish for this man’s life, and do not charge us with innocent blood; for You, O Lord, have done as it pleased You.” 15 So they picked up Jonah and threw him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging. 16 Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice to the Lord and took vows.

What would stop in our lives if we just obey God? Some of us need to forgive. God forgives us, so we must forgive others. We must let past hurt go in order to heal and move forward to what God has for us. God can use even our disobedience to draw us and others closer to Him.

The Lord sent a fish to go fishing–for Jonah!

Jonah 1:17 New King James Version – Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

It took Jonah three days in the belly of the whale before he repented. The Lord had the fish to spew Jonah out–real close to Nineveh. Jonah was ready to obey when he came out of the fish. He preached the Word of God to the wicked people of Nineveh and the whole city repented.

  1. God will help you when you decide to obey
  2. When you obey enough, obedience becomes a way of life.

Isaiah 1:19 New King James Version – If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land;

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