Jonah

Daily devotions on the book of Jonah.  Join our Zoom conversation on Tuesdays and Thursdays for an in-depth look at the book.

Monday, March 16

“Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai” (Jonah 1:1).

What has the word of the Lord sounded like to you?  How have you decided what to do – and what not to do?

Tuesday, March 17

“But Jonah set out to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid his fare and went on board, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the Lord” (Jonah 1:3).

What are you running from, or what have you run from in the past?  Why?  When is it wise to run, and when is it foolish?  How do you know the difference?

 

Wednesday, March 18

“So they picked Jonah up and threw him into the sea; and the sea ceased from its raging. Then the men feared the Lord even more, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows” (Jonah 1:15-16)

When do you think our actions matter most to non-believers or marginally Christian people?  What actions do you think matter most?  As a Christian, what impact do you most hope to make in other peoples’ lives?

 

Thursday, March 19

“But the Lord provided a large fish to swallow up Jonah; and Jonah was in the belly of the fish for three days and three nights” (Jonah 1:17).

What unexpected thing or things has God provided for you, right when you needed them?

 

Friday, March 20

“Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish” (Jonah 2:1).

In what odd places have you prayed?  What odd things have you prayed for?  What difference has it made?

 

Saturday, March 21

“Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish, saying,  ‘I called to the Lord out of my distress, and he answered me; out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and you heard my voice” (Jonah 2:1-2)

From what has God rescued you?

 

Sunday, March 22

No devotion today.  Join us for worship.

 

Monday, March 23

“Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s walk. And he cried out, ‘Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!’” (Jonah 3:4)

What is the shortest sermon you’ve ever heard?  What was the best sermon you’ve ever heard?  Did you hear it in a church?

 

Tuesday, March 24

“Human beings and animals shall be covered with sackcloth, and they shall cry mightily to God. All shall turn from their evil ways and from the violence that is in their hands” (Jonah 3:8).

Even the animals repent.  What is the proper Christian relationship to creation?

 

Wednesday, March 25

“Who knows? God may relent and change his mind; he may turn from his fierce anger, so that we do not perish” (Jonah 3:9)

What does repentance look like to you?  What is the relationship between repentance and an apology?  What do you need to repent of?

 

Thursday, March 26

“But this was very displeasing to Jonah, and he became angry” (Jonah 4:1)

What makes you angry?  Why?  How do you calm down?  What are you still learning about your anger?

 

Friday, March 27

“The Lord God appointed a bush, and made it come up over Jonah, to give shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort; so Jonah was very happy about the bush” (Jonah 4:6)

How does God teach you?  How does God help you unharden your heart?

 

Saturday, March 28

“And should I not be concerned about Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who do not know their right hand from their left, and also many animals?” (Jonah 4:11)

Jonah is the only book of the Bible that ends with a question.  What questions do you still have about the book of Jonah?  What questions still linger in your life?  What questions do you hope will linger after you are gone?