When you think of the Book of Jonah, what's the first thing that comes to mind?
I'm going to be honest: I think of the VeggieTales movie. When the boys were little we watched it and listened to the songs from that movie over and over again!
The story of the reluctant prophet and the big fish is a popular one. if you grew up in the church, you likely read it in your children's Bible storybook or watched it play out on a flannel graph. But even if you didn't grow up in the church, most everybody has heard of Jonah and his "whale of a tale."
It's one of my favorite stories in the Old Testament: there are twists and turns and ironies and drama woven throughout, yet it's not just a fun story. No, it provides truths that are as relevant today as they were back then.
On Sunday, we will be beginning a four-part series on the book of Jonah. This week in our first installment we will look at the question, "What happens when what God wants is different than what you want?"
That's one way to summarize what's so difficult about this life, isn't it?
Life would be a lot easier if everything that God wanted was exactly everything that you wanted. If only there was this perfect synchronization between our desires' heart and God's will for us, then everything would be so much easier.
Sadly, we all know that's not the case. We live in a world where God's will and our wills don't always line up. We are at odds with God, and it's not good to be at odds with God because God always wins. As we are introduced to Jonah, we will see exactly that; the story of a prophet whose will came in conflict with God's will. As we consider Jonah, much of what we see in him will be very familiar to us.
Join us as we take a hard look at the Jonah in us.