The popular Old Testament story of Jonah and the big fish teaches us a lot about God's heart towards people... including people we might think of as enemies. Jonah wanted to follow God, but he wanted to follow God on his own terms. The minute God wanted Jonah to do something that Jonah disagreed with, Jonah was angry. Jonah wanted God's grace, mercy, and love for himself, but he wanted the people of Nineveh to get what they deserved. How often are we like Jonah? How can we begin to have the same heart for people that God does?
Daniel was a truly virtuous man. He displayed character and integrity as a leader in the civic/political arena while working for pagan rulers. His life can teach us a lot about how to live on mission when our circumstances and surroundings aren't ideal. He also teaches us a lot about how to stand firm in our faith in the midst of a Godless world.
The story of Noah's Ark is arguably the most popular Old Testament children's story. But in reality, it's a stark reminder of God's judgment on mankind because of sin and wickedness. However, the good news of the story is that God provides Salvation for those who are faithful. The same is true today. One day, God will once again bring judgement on the world. Jesus is our Ark, our means of salvation.
This Week's Action Step:
Read the whole story of Noah
Songs from Today
This Is Amazing Grace by Josh Farro, Jeremy Riddle, and Phil Wickham
Do It Again by Chris Brown, Mack Brock, Matt Redman, and Steven Furtick
So Will I (100 Billion X) by Benjamin Hastings, Joel Houston, and Michael Fatkin
O Praise The Name (Anástasis) by Benjamin Hastings, Dean Ussher, and Marty Sampson
Cornerstone by William Batchelder Bradbury, Eric Liljero, Reuben Morgan, Edward Mote, and Jonas Myrin