God's Love Intercepts our Lives - February 21, 2021
When calamity or crisis comes upon us, we don’t often think that God is using it to intercept our lives because of His great love, do we? In fact, our thoughts often turn to God punishing us. But God often has to use tough love to direct us back to His plan and purpose. He has to work out the circumstances in our lives so that He gets our attention and puts us on the right path.
In the story of Jonah, it is determined that Jonah is the cause of the great storm on the sea. God causes a tempest to come and the sea is raging. Jonah is fleeing from the presence of the LORD but the LORD is not fleeing from Jonah. In God’s sovereignty, He allows the mariners on the ship to cast lots and it is determined that Jonah is the cause of the mighty storm. He tells the mariners to hurl him into the sea and the storm will stop. They don’t want to do it and do everything they can to row back to shore to no avail.
After calling out to the LORD that He would not hold this against them, they pick Jonah up and throw him into the sea. The sea stops its raging, but what about Jonah? What happens to him? Jonah 1:17 says, “And the LORD appointed a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was is the belly of the fish three days and three nights.”
Can you imagine God’s love being expressed this way?
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