When we left Jonah in part 2 of this series, he was just vomited onto dry land by the great fish God send to bring Jonah back to Him. It seems there’s a great lesson, pun intended, that Christians need to learn about God from Jonah. Something that kind of reminds me a bit of a scene from Star Wars. The thinking behind “Let the Wookie win” is quite different from the contest of wills between God and Jonah. And yet, the idea of “Let God win”, is just so striking.
Sometimes I wonder, is there anybody here but me? There’s so many people. But we can feel so alone. Christians believe in a big God. Loneliness still happens.
We Christians always say things happen for a reason. And that God’s in control. However, when those things happen to us, do we live like we really believe it? We also say God’s always with us. Even in the bad times. And so, I believe God remembers my cancer situation. But, do I remember God?
The Parable of The Wise And Foolish Builders. On one level, it’s about the choice between building a house on rock or sand. That sounds like an easy choice to make. On another level, it’s about what we do, if anything, after hearing or reading what Jesus had to say.
Say what? Christians can learn about prayer from Jonah? Jonah!? The guy who ran away from God? Yeah, that Jonah. The Old Testament guy. And yes, even we Christians here in the 21st century can/should learn something from him.
What’s important to you? Do we even take time to think about that question? Or are we just so focused on “now” that we don’t even know what’s important?
Maybe I should say, what’s important in your future? You know, beyond the next few minutes? Even better, your distant future? Where do you hope to be at the end of your life?
In other words, what’s your life goal? What’s important for you to be able to achieve your life goal? Do I dare even ask if you’ve thought about the next life? What happens after this one?
Would you leave 99 to save one? 99 what and one what? 99 people and one person. In a time when we always hear about the greater good, would you do that? When we’re so willing to sacrifice a few to save many, can this 99 for 1 kind of thinking be justified?
What do Christians need to learn about love from Jonah? Seriously? Jonah is so, well, Old Testament. What can we learn from him? And love? Jonah is an example of love? But yes, I do believe there’s a lot we can and should learn about love, God’s love, from Jonah’s experience.
What’s the meaning of life? Or is life meaningless? Those are questions that lots of people ask at various stages of our life. It’s maybe most important though as we get older. We wonder, was it all worthwhile. Or maybe even feel like our life wasn’t worthwhile. Could we have done things differently? Better? And maybe we wonder, what comes next?
What else does God want from us? Since it says what else, obviously this isn’t the only thing God wants from us. Further, since this is part two, this is, possibly, the second thing God wants from us. Something that comes after we love God. Any ideas about what it is?