Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Usable

Sometimes mistakes and disobedience cause consequences that make future ministry limited, or at least redirected. Moses didn't get to go to the promised land after striking the rock, Elijah was replaced after losing the vision, and a few others like Achan, Annanias and Sapphira lost their lives after direct disobedience.

But God in His great grace has not always made that the case. More often than not, God uses us in spite of our mistakes and our disobedience when we turn back to Him.

One of the more famous "disobedient servants" in scripture was Jonah.
  • Jonah should have gone to Ninevah. Instead, he went toward Tarshish.
  • Jonah should have been preaching to the Ninevites. Instead, he was confessing to sailors.

  • Jonah should have been in the presence of a king. Instead, he was in the belly of a fish.

  • Jonah should have been the "mouthpiece" of God. Instead, he was vomited from the mouth of a fish.
His mistakes, and even his disobedience, didn't "get him out" of going to Ninevah. Certainly there are sins that may disqualify us for particular areas of service. But fortunately for us all, our past does not necessarily disqualify us from the mission.

God did something very compassionate and merciful for Jonah.

He did not let him go.

Instead, He continued to command him to go.

4 comments:

Lassy Jaws said...

Isn't is great to think that God will never let us go? We may run the wrong way, but God is there waiting for us to turn around. The cool thing is we don't have to get back to where we were when we went our own way. God followed us. All we need to do is turn around, and God is there.

Johnny Leckie said...

Great insight on the idea that God "followed us!"

Thanks, for stopping by, L.J.

I dig the carton, by the way! :-D

Lassy Jaws said...

You seem to be a great person and easy to talk to. (From my 24 hours of knowing that you exist!)
These are great qualities of a Pastor to have.
God bless you in your ministry.

Mark said...

great post Johnny. it is easy for us to feel condemned when we make mistakes, and the evil one is always there whispering our defeat to us. But God is SO loving and and always, always merciful.

Phi 3:12 - 16

grace and peace,