Never Let Your Feelings Be Your Guide (Jonah #12)

Text: Jonah 4:4-11

  • How does that make you feel?
    • If you only did what you feel like doing you’d be a bum.
    • If you only did what you feel like doing nobody would want to be around you.

Get control (vss 4-5)

  • Control your emotions.  Rule your spirit Proverbs 16:32
  • Inability to rule your spirit shows up in the following areas:
    • Inability to compromise, contention
    • Mental or physical cruelty to people or animals – bully
    • Self pity
    • Compulsion to revenge
    • Excuses
    • Violent quarrelling
    • Lack of sense of responsibility
    • Misuse authority
    • Dependence on feelings
  • Anger was Jonah’s problem.
    • It isn’t wrong to feel that way.  But to continue to be that way will be wrong.  Hence God’s question to Jonah.
    • Consequences of Jonah’s decision:
      • Endangered others’ lives
      • Was nearly shipwrecked
      • Drowned
      • Went to Hell
      • Was never happy
      • Suffered heat stroke
  • How do I get control?
    • I can’t stop feeling this way.  You don’t have to stop feeling anything.  You get control by ignoring your feelings and doing what’s right.  Now, you’re in control of your emotions.

Get corrected (vss 6-9)

  • God is personal.  Notice the details the Lord will use to get His people to understand His thoughts.
  • When you find yourself feeling a certain way. Stop, consider why, and consult the Lord on the next step.

Get considerate (vss 10-11)

  • Person guided by their emotions or feelings is self centered.
  • God says that gourd is something you didn’t work for but it brought you comfort and it made you mad when it was destroyed.  The people are people I’ve loved and laboured for and they are my comfort and rest if they get right with me.  Why shouldn’t I help them?
  • Jonah is a type of Israel in that he is provoked by a nation Romans 11:11 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.