What shall we do?

We are often like the mariners with whom Jonah sailed as He tried to flee from the presence of God, that we run into a storm of troubles, and we do not know what to do. The men asked Jonah,

“What shall we do to you that the sea may be calm for us?” (Jonah 1:11).

Jonah’s answer has always puzzled me,

“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’” (Jonah 1:12).

Why not repent of his sin, and tell the sailors to take him back from the port where he joined them, and then he could head for the place where the Lord told him to go?

However, Jonah did not want to go to the job the Lord assigned to the prophet, and perhaps he was hoping that he would die in the sea (Later in chapter 4 he wanted to die). Can a person be that stubborn that he or she will refuse to repent even in the face of death? Yes, but let that not be said about any of us.

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Don Ruhl

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