Most of us pray for forgiveness after we’ve sinned, not before.
Not These Guys
Jonah was on a ship headed for the Southwest tip of Spain. He was getting away from God and his prophetic assignment, to go to Nineveh, in Assyria, but Jonah didn’t want to go, so he didn’t.
Well, the Mediterranean developed a violent storm and the sailors realized that Jonah was the cause. They asked him what they should do and Jonah said to throw him overboard, they didn’t want to, but they did.
However, before doing so they prayed to Jonah’s God.
“O Lord, please do not let us die for taking this man’s life. Do not hold us accountable for killing an innocent man, for you O Lord, have done as you pleased.” Jonah 1:14
“Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard.” Jonah 1:15
Praying for forgiveness before we sin, what a concept!
Some Things Some of Us Do
- Pray for safety and break the speed limit the whole way.
- Teach kids to respect the law and then throw paper and cigarettes on the ground.
- Uphold honesty and integrity but justify little indiscretions.
- Hide our sins because we care more about what others think than what God thinks.
- Swear, gossip, complain, and grumble, all sinful, but just little sins, right?
The sailors were desperate and felt trapped. Their ship was about to break up and they had to do something.
Don’t we feel trapped sometimes? So, we lose our cool, get irritated, and say and do the wrong things. Maybe out of frustration, and maybe out of fear.
It’s hard to do right every time. Jonah and the sailors didn’t, and neither do we.
Keep the faith. Stay strong. Wrestle with temptation. Give thanks that we have a Savior who gives mercy and grace. Thank God that he lifts from our shoulders the burden of moral perfection. Thank you Lord!
“Lord, we’re absolutely going to kill this guy, but please don’t hold it against us.”
“Okay boys, chuck him over the side.”