“Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you” (Ephesians 5:14).
The book of Jonah is so much more than a good fishing story. The wickedness of Nineveh had gotten on God’s last nerve – and that takes some doing. The Lord ordered His prophet, Jonah, to go there and “preach against them.” God could have just gone into Nineveh and starting blasting, but He wanted to give them a fair warning – and an opportunity to turn themselves around. Lesson 1: God never sends a warning without an invitation to repentance.
Jonah wants no part of this (we’ll see why later) and jumps on a ship, trying to run away from God. That’s never smart and it’s also futile. Lesson 2: You cannot run away from God. A storm breaks out at sea, so severe that the ship and all on board were in danger. The sailors were frantically trying to save their lives, throwing cargo overboard to lighten their load. Meanwhile, Jonah was fast asleep. No really. The ship is going down and Jonah is asleep, comfortably oblivious to the storm and the danger every soul was in. Lesson 3: You can become so comfortable in your sin that you are ignorant of the danger you are in. And the danger of every soul around you.
I see so many parallels to the United States in this.
The wickedness in this place has become a roar in the heavens.
God desires for this nation to repent before His judgment falls.
The messengers who were called to confront the wickedness are running away.
The church has become so comfortable that we are sleeping through the storm.
Souls are in grave danger all around us.
Oh church, wake up before it’s too late.