And they said every one to his fellow, Come, and let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil is upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah.  Then said they unto him, Tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil is upon us; What is thine occupation? and whence comest thou? what is thy country? and of what people art thou?  And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land.  Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him, Why hast thou done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the LORD, because he had told them.  Then said they unto him, What shall we do unto thee, that the sea may be calm unto us? for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous.  And he said unto them, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be calm unto you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you. Jonah 1:7-12 KJV
I talked briefly about the story of Jonah in the previous post. What I didn’t mention was that after Jonah got on a boat to Tarshish, God caused there to be a storm that troubled the waters as they sailed. Everyone on the boat was worried and scared, except Jonah. He was in the bottom of the boat asleep. Someone woke him and asked how he could sleept at such a time and the above was what they came to. They decided to “cast lots” and the lot fell to Jonah, which means it turns out the storm was his fault.
Jonah didn’t backtrack. He didn’t pretend like he didn’t know what was going on. He told them, through me into the see because I know that God has troubled the waters because of me. What would you do? Are you willing to take responsibility for the troubles in your life? Are you willing to hold your hands up and admit when someone is suffering because of your actions?
Although generally I am the type of person to admit when I’m wrong. I usually stand up and take what’s coming to me. But in the last few years, there were periods where I probably would have pretended to be ignorant of why things were happening. It’s difficult to step forward and admit you were wrong but it is necessary. Sometimes is not about admitting to another person. Sometimes it’s about admitting it to God and handing over control, relying not on your own understanding.
Prayer: Father God we ask that you forgive us those moments when we don’t accept responsibility and strengthen us so that we may grow and be obedient, putting aside our egos and following as you lead, guide and direct. Amen.
TOTD: I will not be disobedient to the work or the word of the Lord.