Good Morning ~~ Hope you have had a good two weeks of study. Jonah is proving to be very thought provoking and convicting. It is a good healthy dose of reflection, one that I've needed.
So let's begin.....
Weeks three and four have been great reminders of the Grace of God.
Priscilla Shirer on page 57 speaking about week 3 states:
"This week promises an important reminder of the redemptive truth of God's grace that mercifully rescues us any time, any place and in any situation."
Jonah was definitely headed in the wrong direction, and in week three, we see Jonah thrown overboard.
Question #1: On the top of page 60, we are asked this question:
"What spiritual signs do you think you can look for that reveal you are headed in the wrong direction?"
And what can you do to change it? (Use Scripture to help you here. List a verse or verses that will help you to head back the right direction.)
Pages 64 - 65 "God allows reproof and correction as a sign of His love for us and His intention to use us... God's goal for us is that we mature into spiritual adults who have tender hearts that mirror His."
Bottom page 65 "Acknowledge your sin and accept the discipline. When you do, you'll find your heart changing within you, softening to the things of God."
Question 2: Pg 72 - "Jonah did not allow the despair of his circumstances to keep him from firmly agreeing to go with God. While some may have thought they were "too late" to get on board with God's plans or that they'd missed their opportunity, Jonah taught us that any time is a good time to set your sights and actions on obedience."
So do you think or have you ever thought you were too late to get on board with God's plan? Have you ever thought you have just failed too much to be used of God? How did you push past that? Or if you are there now, what steps do you believe will help you get past that feeling and move on in Him? (And again it is great to search out Scripture to help you move forward in Him).
So week 4 is all about second chances and moving forward in obedience.
I loved looking at all the 2nd chance stories she listed in Days 1 & 2....
The Divine Parables of the Sheep, Coin and Son
Which one of these stories of redemption and second chance, spoke to you the most?
The heart of the matter: Obedience.
Question 4: Page 100 "Denying the flesh always requires effort.... Obedience necessitates self-denial."
After Jonah spent 3 days and nights in the belly of the fish and repented, he was thrown up back on to dry land, and he still had a job to do....the job of obedience. He still had to go to Ninevah.
So what is your Ninevah -- the area of obedience God is calling you to in this season of your life? Are you being obedient to His call, or is there a fish with a big belly in your future? =)
Bonus Question: Page 89 -- Bottom of the page:
Summarize the details of one or more of your second chance stories into bullet points that will help you to share.
Well, there you have it. Our questions for this week. I hope you are enjoying this study as much as I am. It has been very convicting to me but also very hopeful. And that is a beautiful thing!!
Remember, Bible study over at Chatzy tonight at 7:00 pm CST. You can find us here.
Have a Blessed and Beautiful day in Him,
Jonah 2:8 "Those who cling to worthless idols, forfeit the grace that could be theirs."
Love you so.....