Get The Rebellion Out Of The Boat

Get The Rebellion Out Of The Boat

You won’t arrive where you are trying to go with rebellion in the boat.

Jonah 2:7-9
7 And they said to one another, “Come, let us cast lots, that we may know on whose account this evil has come upon us.” So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah. 8 Then they said to him, “Tell us on whose account this evil has come upon us. What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? And of what people are you?” 9 And he said to them, “I am a Hebrew, and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.”

  • Imagine Trying To Make Sense Of Your Storm With Incomplete Information
    • Listen To What People Don’t Answer
  • The Sailors Were Gambling While God Was Working
    • The mind blowing reality is that both are happening simultaneously
      • God has the ability to work in unison with his will and human will
      • God has the ability to work within the storm
      • God has the ability to work within our earthly decision making
      • Don’t Make Me Reveal What You Already Know
    • Sarah And Abraham Got Impatient And Decided To Gamble
      • God was able to work out His plan despite their wills being in rebellion/contradiction
      • The thought behind their gamble was that
        • God was taking too long
        • I would rather manipulate the outcome by force rather than wait for it by faith

Matthew 27:35
35 And when they had crucified him, they divided his garments among them by casting lots

Matthew 27:54
54 When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!”

    • The Roman Soldiers Were Gambling For Jesus’s Garments While God Was Working On Their Salvation
      • We have to have a choice
      • There can’t be accountability without responsibility
      • But while we are gambling God is working!

Jonah 2:10
10 Then the men were exceedingly afraid and said to him, “What is this that you have done?” For the men knew that he was fleeing from the presence of the LORD, because he had told them.

  • Nothing About Jonah Is Adding Up
    • Called To Nineveh, Yet Runs To Tarshish
    • Fears The Lord, But Flees From The Lord’s presence
    • States God Is All Powerful, But Refuses To Be Under God’s Authority
    • Are we ever living a mixed message?
      • Stress and struggle are the results of living a mixed message
      • James 1:9 “A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways”
      • At some point you have to reconcile God’s word and your way.
      • Can you think of any areas that are out of alignment?
      • When tires are out of alignment you begin to see patterns that are different, that are indicators that something is wrong.
      • “What have you done Jonah?” It isn’t adding up!
      • Is your life adding up?

Jonah 1:11-16
11 Then they said to him, “What shall we do to you, that the sea may quiet down for us?” For the sea grew more and more tempestuous. 12 He said to them, “Pick me up and hurl me into the sea; then the sea will quiet down for you, for I know it is because of me that this great tempest has come upon you.” 13 However, the men rowed hard to get back to dry land, but they could not, for the sea grew more and more tempestuous against them. 14 Therefore they called out to the LORD, “O LORD, let us not perish for this man’s life, and lay not on us innocent blood, for you, O LORD , have done as it pleased you.” 15 So they picked up Jonah and hurled him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging. 16 Then the men feared the LORD exceedingly, and they offered a sacrifice to the LORD and made vows.

  • Get The Rebellion Out Of The Boat
    • Running Was Rebellion
    • Rowing Harder Couldn’t Stop The Storm Rebellion Was Causing
    • You Won’t Arrive Where You Are Trying To Go With Rebellion In The Boat
      • It was scary
      • It was painful emotionally
      • But it had to be done
      • They had to take a loss in order to get a greater win
      • Moving metaphorically, it might not be a person that you need to throw overboard… instead, it might be a personal area that you need to throw overboard if you want the storm to stop
      • In our marriages, we must get the rebellion out of the boat
      • In our finances, we must get the rebellion out of our boat
      • In our willingness to surrender secret sins, we must get the rebellion out of our boat