Daily Devotions

Memory Text — 1 Samuel 15:22 And Samuel said, “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.’ ”   Westminster Shorter Catechism— Q. 42. What is the sum of the ten commandments?  A. The sum of the ten commandments is, To love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our strength, and with all our mind; and our neighbour as ourselves.    

Monday:  Jonah 1:1,2.  What aspects of God’s character are communicated by these two straightforward verses? How does He view creation and mankind in our day? What does this say about how the LORD is active in our world today?
Tuesday:  Jonah 1:3. The Scriptures teach us that at the time of Jonah the Holy Spirit did not yet dwell within His people, yet Jonah had the Spirit come upon him as a prophet of the LORD.  How much sense did it make for Jonah “to flee to Tarshish, away from the presence of the LORD” (v.3)?  It can seem so obvious from our vantage point, but how about the times we “run away” from the LORD?  Ponder today what it would be like if you could run away from the LORD.  Give thanks He has promised to never leave or forsake His children.
Wednesday:  Jonah 1:4. How does the text portray the source of the calamity to befall Jonah and the ship?  How should we interpret “natural disasters” today?  Does the LORD change (cf. Heb 13:8)?  How does this chapter portray the purpose the LORD intends for this calamity to come upon Jonah?  What does that say about His commitment to Jonah? To you?
Thursday:  Jonah 1:5. What is so amazing in v 5?  (Cf. Luke 8:24) the calming of the waves by Jesus.  How can we have this type of peace in a real way in spite of raging storms? How can our disobedience anesthetize us from the storms other people experience, i.e…Jonah’s response?
Friday: Jonah 1:7-14. It is interesting to note how God uses Jonah’s disobedience for good in the lives of these sailors.  They not only sacrifice but vow to do more when opportunity avails itself.  If this is the result of Jonah’s disobedience, think how his obedience would have been used. How much trust do we put in reading and hearing God’s word without the bells and whistles?
Saturday:  Read over Jonah chapter 2 in your devotions today, make his prayer your own.  Exalt the LORD Who alone is your salvation.