Jonah was living his life defensively and defiantly.
We take shortcuts to what God has asked us to do. Shortcuts never pay off.
You know what God wants you to do, but you choose to say “no”. You choose to be defiant.
Falling into sin almost always requires the illusion that you won’t get caught.
We want control. We want to make all our own decisions but then we blame someone else, even God, for where we end up.
There are ALWAYS consequences to our choices.
The big fish was provision, not punishment for Jonah.
God will allow you to experience the consequences to your poor decisions, not because he’s trying to punish you, but because he’s trying to bring you back.
After we run, we tend to hide.
Where are you running?
Are you willing to ask, “God, is there something you’re asking me to do that I’m not doing?”