We’re on the second week of study as we read Jonah: Navigating a Life Interrupted by Priscilla Shirer. When learned this week that when God gave a command to Jonah, he covered his ears and ran! He did not want to receive further instruction from the Lord, so he skipped town and turned away from prayer. Jonah clearly was not willing to obey the Lord. During the week we had an opportunity to examine our own lives and chances to obey or disobey when called by God. We examined our lives for personal allegiance and purpose.
We easily fall into a downward spiral of disobedience as we run from God like Jonah did and become “sleepers.” On page 49 Shirer brings up the discussion of how a pagan man can wake up a believer to pray. I recall an experience from my own life when my husband was in critical care and my neighbors continued to say “I’ll pray for you.” At the time, I believed God yet I was not in prayer or intimacy with Him. I knew my neighbors were not Christian and yet they were praying. It made me wonder why I was not praying myself, what was I hiding from. My neighbors began mowing the lawn and taking out the trash cans to the curb for me, because I was pregnant and my husband was in ICU with a rare blood disease. As a family we were overwhelmed by the outpouring and we knew our lives would never be the same. When my husband recovered, we found a relationship with God that had not existed in our lives because we were hiding in rebellion.
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Priscilla Shirer Quotes
- A way to determine where our allegiance lies is to consider how we respond to a divine intervention.
- Most disobedience involves just that- a simple choice to stay put.
- Jonah was on a run from God not only with his feet but with his heart as well.
- The world with its pagan thoughts and ideals, shouldn’t have to rouse us back to intimacy with the one true God.
This Week’s Scripture Verses-NASB
Who knows, God may turn and relent and withdraw His burning anger so that we will not perish. When God saw their deeds, that they turned from their wicked way, then God relented concerning the calamity which He had declared He would bring upon them. And He did not do it. Jonah 3:9-10
And the LORD said to him: “I have heard your prayer and your supplication that you have made before Me; I have consecrated this house which you have built to put My name there forever, and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually.” 1 Kings 9:3 NKJV
But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. James 1:14-15
Don’t let anyone under pressure to give in to evil say, “God is trying to trip me up.” God is impervious to evil, and puts evil in no one’s way. The temptation to give in to evil comes from us and only us. We have no one to blame but the leering, seducing flare-up of our own lust. Lust gets pregnant, and has a baby: sin! Sin grows up to adulthood, and becomes a real killer. James 1:13-15 Message
For Next Week
- Read Week Three, pages 57-77 in the workbook
- Listen to the Session Three Audio (optional)
- OR…Listen to the Session Three Video (optional)
Group Discussion- Answer one question or as many as you like
- Have you ever felt justified in choosing not to obey God? (page 38)
- If you were Jonah, what would you have done when God called, and why?(page 39)
- Are you comforted or discomforted by God’s presence right now? Why? (page 42)
- Have you had a time like Jonah when you didn’t want to sense God’s presence? If you are comfortable, please share your story of your downward spiral listed on page 43.