This past Sunday we celebrated Father's Day at UPChurch! We continued on Jonah with The God of Renewal, had donuts with the dads, powerful worship and hung out with friends.
The previous week, Pastor'a Key Thought was: If you avoid (run from) God, expect to be swallowed up by your circumstances. And that's what happened to Jonah!
However, in the belly of the fish, Jonah concludes something about himself:
In order to get out of his situation he needed God. "As my life was slipping away, I remembered the LORD." Jonah 2:7
What can we take away from this?
God will often keep you in your messed-up situation, until you are ready to fulfill your vows.
God will not bless your mess! Some people like to fight a losing battle with God, rather than correct their path. You will stay in your messed-up situation, until you are able to fulfill your vows and start remembering God, his commandments and His ways.
POINT 2: God is a God of second chances.
"Then the LORD spoke to Jonah a second time: “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh, and deliver the message I have given you.” This time Jonah obeyed the LORD’s commandand went to Nineveh, a city so large that it took three days to see it all." Jonah 3:1-3
God doesn’t stop pursuing you, and using you, regardless of your wandering ways. He will keep after you.
We may get sick of pursuing God, but God never gets sick of pursuing us. Reluctant obedience is still obedience.
For 3 days, Jonah did the bare minimum! He didn’t even present the same type of mercy to Nineveh that he just finished getting for repenting when God rescued him from the fish. Let's learn from Jonah and give God our best! It may not always be easy but know that His plans are good.
Join us this Sunday at 1 PM as we wrap up Jonah and invite a friend! Everyone has someone in their circle that could use some encouragement. See you Sunday!