May 31, 2015 | Sermon Notes
1. God’s chooses us to reveal His heart in hard-to-reach places (Jonah 1:1-2)
2 Kings 14:23-27
2. We run when we cannot see the grace of God through the clouds of difficulty (Jonah 1:3).
God’s calling comes with God’s presence and ultimately His grace. So, if God calls you to do difficult things, He will give you the grace to accomplish it.
Tarshish isn’t a matter of a change of scenery. It’s a matter of the heart.
3. God’s grace must transform us before it reaches them.
What primarily fuels Jonah’s desire to run? He was self-righteous.
We’re quick to criticize, not have compassion, which leads to us wanting to see people judged rather than forgiven – Paul Tripp
A. If you’re a husband or wife and your spouse has caused you years, even decades, of pain, is there part of your heart that wants to see them dealt with harshly, even after they have realized their error?
B. If you’re a parent and your rebellious child has produced nothing but hard work for your life, is there part of your heart that wants to see them punished appropriately, even after they have realized their error?
C. If you’re a sibling, a neighbor, a co-worker, a boss, or an employee – is there someone in your life that you would rather see judged and condemned rather than blessed and forgiven, even after they have realized their error?
The people who give grace best are the ones who know they need it most. – Paul Tripp