Pastor Tim Romero
Jonah 1:14–17 (ESV): "14 Therefore they called out to the Lord, "O Lord, let us not perish for this man's life, and lay not on us innocent blood, for you, O Lord, have done as it pleased you." 15 So they picked up Jonah and hurled him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging. 16 Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows."
The raging waters of life come upon everyone but some folks bring it on themselves through disobedience. The best way to calm the seas in life is to press into the Lord and follow His commands.
After Jonah willfully disobeyed God he jumped on a boat with a bunch of pagans and headed for Tarshish. As they were faring the Lord decided to rock the boat. He caused the waves to rage. The seasoned seamen knew this was a divine intervention so they cried out to their gods to no avail. Meanwhile, Jonah was in the belly of the boat sleeping. The captain brought him on deck and they cast lots to see who was at fault and the lot fell on Jonah. The seamen then tried to help Jonah by rowing to shore but God had other plans. So they tossed him overboard and immediately the seas were calmed. The seamen then worshipped the Lord.
When the storms of life come we need to ask ourselves why we are experiencing them. God allows them for a specific purpose. Sometimes we are in sin and we need to repent. Other times it's a testing of our faith. But know this, God is at work through it all to make you more like His Son. That takes obedience from us. If you are in a storm, pray, ask the Lord what the purpose of the storm is, and then follow His instruction. You too may end up being a great witness to those who are watching. Amen?
Father, we thank You that You never fake it with us when we are in sin. Help us to hear Your voice clearly and obey it thoroughly so You can use us as Your witnesses we pray in Jesus' name, amen.