Jonah - The God who Confronts
When the Word of God went sweeping through Wales in the early 1900s, and a tremendous revival, and a fifth of all of the country was converted and came into the church, there were tremendous labor union problems that were happening inside the mines. When the revival came, they were wiped away, because on company time, the managers started to sponsor Bible studies, and the people, the miners, were part of the Bible studies. They began to bring back all the things they had been stealing.
Do you know how all mines had one shed where the company kept its tools, and you used the tools? Miners had been stealing them for years. During the revival, they had to build five new sheds at most mines just to put back all the tools the miners started bringing back. The managers started to say, “On company time, we want to spend time praying and reading the Bible with you.” What happened? Repentance, not negotiation! Repentance changes cities. That’s what it says.
1. Will confront our Deepest Hurts.
a. His reputation was at stake
He now found it loathsome that Yahweh could have let the forty days go by without doing anything. Nothing had happened. The city had gone back to its business. Obviously Yahweh had decided not to overthrow hated Nineveh. He had accepted the prayers of these oppressors, these international outlaws
2. Will Confront our wrong Attitudes.
3. Will confront our understanding of Contentment
What it means is your body is being taken beyond the comfort level. Your muscle doesn’t want to do the things the trainer wants your muscle to do. It’s going to move you beyond the comfort level so you’re going to hurt. You’re going to sweat. Your heart is going to pound. The trainer is going to do that as a way of making you stronger. Not only that, the trainer is going to adapt your regimen to you.