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INTRODUCTION:
We often sing the Song, Fill My Cup Lord.
(Majesty, 105)
ILLUSTRATION:
Read the Hymn
Like the woman at the well I was seeking
For things that could not satisfy;
And then I heard my Savior speaking:
"Draw from my well that never shall run dry".
Fill my cup Lord, I lift it up, Lord!
Come and quench this thirsting of my soul;
Bread of heaven, Feed me till I want no more
Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole!
The song is a picture of the Samaritan Harlot Women at the well who is offered the Living Water of the Gospel of Christ in .
But I want ask a question about that hymn.
We sing that song asking for God to fill us with the living water - that is the Truth of the Gospel.
But is our Faith big enough to have our cup filled up with the waters of mercy?
I challenge you,
Is your faith big enough to hold God’s mercy?
ILLUSTRATION - Possibly add examples of difficult proclaiming the goodnews.
That was what Jonah was challenged with.
We won’t understand that until we get to , but that is what is going on.
CLARIFICATION:
The author has intentionally left us wondering why a Prophet of God would run from the will of God.
So we also will allow the suspense of the story
by waiting until chapter 4 to discuss why Jonah was running from God.
Until then,
Let’s just enjoy the story by simply considering.
Is your faith big enough to hold God’s Mercy?
Let’s read .
Our text this morning teaches us,
Proposition: We ought to Conform to the Will of God
{And In the case of Jonah, that means being merciful to who God called him to be merciful - a task that was difficult for him}
But for us in application,
In General,
we ought to conform all of our heart and mind around the will of God.
Perhaps there is an area in your life you are struggling to surrender to God.
Perhaps there is an area about who God is; that makes you question God.
Our text this morning teaches us,
Proposition: We ought to Conform to the Will of God
TRANSITION: And this text gives us 5 ways God can help us with that.
The first way is:
1.
By listening to God’s Word.
Notice
ILLUSTRATION:
At family reunions,
how significant and life-altering is the conversation.
It is often filled with catching up on how people are doing, such as -
How Uncle Bob’s new job is going.
How Great Aunt and Uncle are enjoying their travel around the country in their motor home.
How big little cousin Julie is getting …
which of course leads to the reminiscing about the past.
and reminiscing about the past.
For Example,
Do you remember when your cousin at Disneyland squeezed a ketchup packet as hard as he could - until it bursted in the middle of lunch all over everyone.
(that was a real
It is not to say that it is not enjoyable conversation,
but it also was not the kind of conversation that changes your life.
But when God speaks, it is not the same.
The Word of God came to Jonah.
That is no small matter.
In Jonah’s case,
the Word of God is Expressing his will for Jonah
and
at the same time - his will for the Nineveh.
He was charging Jonah to give a warning to Ninevites of impending judgement -
Yet at the same time was giving divine mercy by warning them to repent and seek God’s Mercy.
APPLICATION:
We as NT Christians have also have received the Word of God - that is our Bible.
And every word is like what Jesus told the Samaritan women in - Living Water.
We need to listen intently to God’s Word - because it the living water that satisfies our soul.
It is the Living Water that establishes God’s divine rule in this world
It is the Living Water that answers life’s Greatest Purpose.
And It is the Living Water that provides the greatest help for life’s issues.
We need to conform to the Word of God by intently, intensely listening to His Words.
- realizing they are the living water we so thirst for.
To easy we can reject
Are you spending time listening to the Word?
I challenge you to faithfully listening by reading and studying the Word of God - the Christian life is a studious one because we realize we have the Words of Living water.
But listening is not enough.
ILLUSTRATION:
We are not simply consumers of God’s Word - like mere entertainment.
God’s Word isn’t like watching a movie.
We are not simply consumers of God’s Word - like mere entertainment.
God’s Word always has a purpose in mind.
God
To Encourage us.
To Strengthen us.
To rebuke and transform us.
We ought to conform to the will of God not only by listening,
Jonah listened to God’s Word, but did Jonah obey God’s Word.
But
2. By Doing God’s will.
Notice Jonah’s error was not a failure to listen,
but a failure to obey the Word of God.
Jonah 1:
When you hear a Prophet has heard the Word of God - what do you almost always expect?
Obedience -
The normal expectation is that a Prophet does what God has commanded.
declares that Jeremiah received the Word of God - and we read that he obeys it.
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