Verse of the Day


"Then they cried out to the Lord, Jonah’s God. ‘O Lord, they pleaded, don’t make us die for this man’s sin. And don’t hold us responsible for his death. O Lord, you have sent this storm upon him for your own good reasons.’"

~Jonah 1:14


Today's Devotional Thought

June 29, 2011 by Wendy Foreman



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Because of His Sin

I’m sure he didn’t mean it for harm exactly but it brought devastation to so many in our lives.

How many of you can say that same statement? Somebody did something that hurt you or forever changed your life and you stood there wondering what in the world was going on. You hadn’t, in your eyes, done anything wrong but somehow someone else’s actions had strongly affected your life and changed the course of it forever.

When I read through the first chapter of Jonah I was struck by how even though it was Jonah who was being punished by God because of his sin so many others were affected. Those men on the boat that day feared for their lives; they thought they were going to die and it was all coming from one man’s sin.

Yes, Jonah eventually told the truth and asked forgiveness and went to Nineveh and did what the Lord had asked but stop and think about what those men endured initially. If you read on in the chapter you find out that these men were awestruck when they threw Jonah overboard and the storms ceased. They made a sacrifice to the Lord and vowed to serve Him. They witnessed God’s great power in that moment and it changed them.

What about you?

One man’s decision brought devastation, I felt, to many in my life. Because my family faced a very difficult time at the hands of someone else the Lord took that experience and used it to help me grow in my faith and trust in Him. I became stronger in my walk with Him and I found out very quickly that when I am weak He is strong. I have used my experience to witness to others and to really give God the glory.

The men that day on the boat were terrified and although what was happening was because of Jonah’s sin, God took that opportunity to show those men His great and awesome power and that day those men’s lives were saved both physically and spiritually.

You may be facing something today that has come from someone’s sin or someone’s poor choice but let me tell you sweet friend that God can bring something good from that situation. You may not believe it, but I know that God can take what you’ve experienced to help witness to someone else who perhaps is facing what you have or just to encourage them in God’s goodness and faithfulness.


Memorize this verse today:

"Then they cried out to the Lord, Jonah’s God. ‘O Lord, they pleaded, don’t make us die for this man’s sin. And don’t hold us responsible for his death. O Lord, you have sent this storm upon him for your own good reasons.’"
~Jonah 1:14



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