EMPOWERMENT | Tell Your Story, Your Storm Has Purpose

Empowerment | LOVE EMBRACE INSPIRE  | By Tiffany Baker

Along your journey to discovery your life, your decisions, your successes and failures, they are all touching the lives of others. That is why it's important to share your story. Your storm has meaning and though you think it's about you, it truly isn't ONLY ABOUT YOU. We should not be ashamed of our stories but see how God will use it to transform another's life. Your mistakes are not worth throwing away, give them to God and He'll use them to bring others to Him and all the Glory that belongs to Him. 

Summary of Jonah's Story...
If you never read or heard of Jonah in the Bible, he was the man God called and sent to deliver a horrifying message to the great city of Nineveh. And like most of us do when God sends us to do a task we are uncomfortable with or that we feel we are incapable of doing, we run away by ignoring the call only to realize, that our purpose no matter how far we run from it, will indeed always find us. So Jonah, ran the opposite direction of Nineveh and aboarded a ship leading to the city of Tarshish. While upon that boat, the Lord sent a mighty storm and all who were on board realized after talking with Jonah that it was because of him that the Lord sent the storm their way. Fast forward, Jonah eventually was thrown overboard and was swallowed by a big fish believed to be a whale. While in the belly of the fish, Jonah prayed to God and surrendered his life saying that he would follow God's call to go to Nineveh. So that is the jest of what we all know when it comes to the story of Jonah.

A Story Within A Story..... Jonah 1:12-16
However, I like to point out a detail that I've overlooked the many times I've read the story of Jonah and the whale. When the sailors talked with Jonah in verses 9-10 and discovered that the God of Jonah brought the storm upon them, they were terrified, and asked Jonah what he thought they should do with him. Jonah suggested to throw him overboard because he knew that these men were innocent bystanders to his disobedience. After going back and forth, they prayed to "the God of Jonah" (meaning - He wasn't their God....yet!). Verse 14 states:

"Don't make us die for this man's sin. And don't hold us responsible for his death, because it isn't our fault. O Lord, you have sent this storm upon him for your own reasons." (NLT)

Then, they threw Jonah overboard, and IMMEDIATELY the storm ceased. Then in verse 16:

"The sailors were awestruck by the Lord's great power, and they offered him a sacrifice and vowed to serve Him." (NLT)

Overlooked Revelation....

We all make mistakes, and we all at times are disobedient to God when we live in our flesh and do what we feel we want to or don't want to do. God ALWAYS gets the glory from every situation. He turns what was meant for our evil and turns it around for our good (Genesis 50:20) and sometimes the good of others. In Jonah's case, the sailors who were not followers of God, became followers of God because they saw God's power. Everyone thinks about Jonah and the message that God was focused solely on Jonah and the people of Nineveh but fail to realize that along the way, more men were saved. Would those men have seen the power of God and surrendered their lives if Jonah had not ran from his purpose?

Your Story Has Meaning...

1 comment:

  1. God gives each person a story, a testimony not to keep to ourselves but to share with others. Empower someone with your story.


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