Listen to the Message
“God will keep his agreements forever, he will keep his promises always.” Psalm 105:8
John 14:1-3 “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” – John 14:1-3
PROMISE: Jesus has prepared a place for us. And He is coming back!
For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. - 2 Corinthians 5:1
PROMISE: Remain in me, as I also remain in you. (There’s another promise).
If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.
11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.” - Romans 12:14
“The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” - I Corinthians 1:18
John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble.
Are you running away from something, or are you running towards something?
1 The word of the LORD came to Jonah: 2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.”
3 But Jonah ran away from the LORD and headed for Tarshish.
9 Jonah answered, “I am a Hebrew and I worship the LORD, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.” 12 “Pick me up and throw me into the sea,” he replied, “and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you.”
Are there people in your life that are stuck in a great storm because of the trouble that you’ve gotten yourself into?
Even in Jonah’s dire situation there was hope for Jonah, and there was even hope for the sailors.
“In this world, you will have trouble.”
I Peter 5:7—Cast your burden on Jesus, for He cares for you.
“In this world, you will have trouble. But Take Heart! I have overcome the world.”
40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. - Matthew 12:40
‘Salvation comes from the LORD.’ – Jonah 2:9
Paul gets caught in a storm not because of his own decisions, but because of circumstances beyond his control and because of others’ foolish decisions.
Paul said, “Men, I can see that our voyage is going to be disastrous and bring great loss to ship and cargo, and to our own lives also.” 11 But the centurion,
instead of listening to what Paul said, followed the advice of the pilot and of the owner of the ship. Men, , you should have taken my advice not to sail from Crete, then you would have spared yourselves this damage and loss. 22 But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed. 23 Last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me 24 and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.’ 25 So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me. 26 Then Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, “Unless these men stay with the ship, you cannot be saved.” 32 37 Altogether there were 276 of us on board.
In both these stories, God is shown a merciful and compassionate God.
God shows care for the entire 120,000 people of Nineveh as well as the 276 people on the ship with Paul.
“Through Paul, God shows that God’s man, fulfilling God’s will, cannot be stopped – though all kinds of difficulty may come in the way.” - David Guzik
Jesus’s promise to his disciples extends to us today, “In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”