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.
God did something very compassionate and merciful for Jonah.
He did not let him go.
Instead, He continued to command him to go.