I. God is Actively Involved In His Creation
a. Jonahs “rock bottom”
i. From Sheol (after-life, death separation, Jonah’s near death experience)
b. God Listens/answers (verse 2)
i. Exodus 3:7-10 (God heard the cry of the Israelites)
c. God’s Providence (verse 3,)
i. Romans 8:28-29 (God works for the good…)
ii. God was working through the sailors to hurl Jonah
II. In Death, there is Life
a. Like Jonah, our salvation is by grace alone
i. Ephesians 2:8-10
b. Jesus called his disciples to “come and die.”
i. Matthew 16:24
ii. When we surrender our life to Christ, we must take up a cross.
1. Cross = instrument of death
2. Romans 12:1-2
a. Living sacrifice..
3. Paul said, to live is Christ, to die is gain. Phil. 1:21
III. There is no salvation in worldly idols
i. reference to pagan sailors (1:5)
b. idols in our life take us away from:
i. relationship to God
ii. our created purposes
iii. mission as a church
c. What idols can distract?
i. Relationships, job, money, etc.
d. Exodus 20:3-4, 1 Corinthians 8:4
IV. A Second Chance
a. Like Jonah, God offers a second chance to us today.
i. 2 Peter 3:9
ii. Romans 5:8
iii. Adam and Eve sinned and God provided
1. Genesis 3:15
2. John 3:16
In our darkest times or sunny days, God is actively involved in creation. He listens, answers and at times provides a fish to get your attention. Today is the day of your second chance.