To Follow Jesus
My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
July/August 2015 Issue – Pursued by Grace, ‘I know that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love’ (Jonah 4:2)
The text set for today’s reading and meditation:
Jonah 1:5 (NIVUK): “All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god. And they threw the cargo into the sea to lighten the ship.”
I’ve found that I often don’t have much to say when Selwyn just focuses on one verse, the points he makes are usually straightforward.
Today, is no different, he writes: “The sailors on board the ship had to encounter two storms: one was on the sea, the other was in their hearts. These sailors no doubt would certainly have had plenty of experience at sea and no doubt had been buffeted by many storms, but this one was different. … But what could they do in such a desperate situation? Well they could pray.”
Prayer, talking to Jesus, should be an on-going conversation – not something we do – only during the tough times. Yet, when life is put at risk, even the most reluctant of communicators will yell out loudly to God. When death becomes a real possibility of the moment, most will turn and cry out to ‘their own gods’.
We, who follow Jesus, have our wonderful and watchful shepherd who doesn’t wait for us to call out to Him. He is already standing next to us, when the storm bears down on us, He makes sure we are not completely broken and calms our fears and sooths our frazzled nerves. He does all this, because He loves us.