If you choose to pursue a relationship with a non-Christian, God might not send a flood to overwhelm you. If you choose to put your career or work first and ignore your church obligations, He might not send a fire to wake you up. Not in the beginning. God allows you to do what you want–to go downhill and to pay for your own foolishness–but His judgment lies just around the corner. As I mentioned a couple days ago, this doesn’t mean that God will send the believer to Hell, but He will discipline His child.

The safest thing Jonah could have done was to go to Nineveh and preach against the city.

The famous, old-time preacher, George Herbert, said, “Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.”

God sent in the big guns—the perfect storm—just as Jonah thought he was going to get away with his sin. That storm was the best thing that could have happened to Jonah.

Remember this: God loved Jonah too much to let him disobey His commands. And He loves you and me too much to let us do the same thing.

This love is beyond our understanding. But as we submit to God’s will, we will find a blessing—even if what we have to face is difficult and frustrating.

The perfume of holiness travels even against the wind. – Indian Proverb

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder