We all know the story of Jonah and the big fish. (aka Jonah and the Whale). We all know that Jonah was given instructions to preach to the Ninevites God’s message of forgiveness. We also know that Jonah did not want to preach this to the Ninevites because he did not like them and did not want them to be forgiven by God.
What happened to Jonah when he refused to follow God’s command?
Do you think you will get swallowed by a big fish? Me, either!
But, do you think God was happy or unhappy with Jonah for not following his command?
Right, God was unhappy.
When God punished Jonah for disobeying Him, how did Jonah respond?
Right, he prayed and asked for forgiveness.
Do you ever disobey your parents? I have. Did you know that when you disobey your parents, you are actually disobeying God? The apostle Paul says, “Children, obey your parents in the Lord for this right” (Eph. 6:1 ESV). We are commanded by God to obey our parents, just like Jonah was commanded by God to preach to the Ninevites.
Do you think God will punish your disobedience? Yes, He will.
Did you know that Jesus took our punishment for us on the cross when He died for our sins? But, we need to ask for forgiveness and put our trust and faith in Jesus alone if we are to be saved from God’s punishment.