Text: Jonah 1:4-10
- The Lord takes a fistful of wind and pitches it toward the boat.
- Perfecting storms – A storm that takes something that is already there such as faith and strengthens it.
- Pruning storms – A storm used to eliminate something that needs to be eliminated.
- Preventing storms – A storm that clarifies the will of God by changing one’s direction.
- Persuading storms – A storm that brings someone to the point of changing their mind.
- The chastening hand of God on Jonah’s life is affecting those around him.
- Sailors lost control
- Sailors lifted their voices to their idols
- Sailors let go of conveniences
- But Jonah was fast asleep. Jonah is the reason the ship is going down.
- This is the captain; he is responsible for the crew and the boat.
- When he climbs down to where Jonah is I’m sure he uses some choice words, curse like a sailor, hollers at Jonah to get out and help and pray if he has to.
- His question and order are ignored by Jonah. Jonah will never pray. He doesn’t explain what he’s doing either.
The Sleeping Prophet
- Types of sleep
- Sleep of carelessness. Reckless behavior. Someone gets drunk and passes out and wakes up with some practical joke played on them.
- Sleep of confidence. No worries, rest your head on your pillow and sleep.
- Sleep of callousness. This is Jonah. Live die, he doesn’t care, but he is not going to Nineveh.
- Tragedy of this sleep
- The one with the answers was asleep
- The one with the right God was asleep
- The one with the sin was asleep
- Sleep is blindness to what’s going on around you.
- Sleep is unresponsiveness.
- Whether no feeling or no care.
- It can put the person in danger.