Thursday, December 25, 2008

"Fear Of The Lord" Study From Jonah 1 & 2 - Part 5

"So they said to him, 'What should we do to you that the sea may become calm for us?'--for the sea was becoming increasingly stormy. He said to them, 'Pick me up and throw me into the sea. Then the sea will become calm for you, for I know that on account of me this great storm has come upon you.' However, the men rowed desperately to return to land but they could not, for the sea was becoming even stormier against them. Then they called on the LORD and said, 'We earnestly pray, O LORD, do not let us perish on account of this man's life and do not put innocent blood on us; for You, O LORD, have done as You have pleased.' So they picked up Jonah, threw him into the sea, and the sea stopped its raging. Then the men feared the LORD greatly, and they offered a sacrifice to the LORD and made vows." Jonah 1:11-16

Today's Question For Reflection...

Is my fear of God so weak that the world puts me to shame because their fear (respect for God) is greater than mine?

These sailors were not followers of God. Yet, because of the intensity of the storm and knowing that one of His followers was running away from Him, they responded in fear, offered a sacrifice and made vows to Him.

"For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ." Galatians 1:10