“Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.”
—Proverbs 29:18 (NIV)
And so we seek revelation from God. Perchance it comes and we do not heed it, what then? When the Lord gives vision is it guaranteed we’d walk in it?
This is what happened to Jonah, the reluctant visionary. The prophet of the 8th century BC is an enigma. His vocation and life path were in total contradiction. God commissioned him to preach in Nineveh and, instead of heeding the command, he fled in the opposite direction. Throughout the Book of Jonah we observe this man of God who kept resisting God’s will, and yet the Lord would not relent in pursuing him. As much as God would use a human to do His will He wishes even more for the human to know His heart.
Alas, the vision and experience given to Jonah is a fantastic one. Jesus frequently invoked his name and likened His own destiny to the prophet’s (Matthew 12:38-41; Matthew 16:4; Luke 11:29-32).
The Book of Jonah is different from all the other prophetic books. Uniquely, the real audience was Jonah himself. Through this sermon series we may not so much discover God’s plan for the world as realize His love for us.