Today a conversation with Dr. Neil Martin from Oxford: Learning from the mistakes of Jonah. Jonah went kicking and screaming to preach repentance to wicked Nineveh and we can learn at least 3 things from his failure. First we need to be bold and share the good news. Second, if we’re going to have anything to give others, we need to first be filled up by spending time with God, and finally if we are obedient in the small things, we’ll be ready to do the bigger things God asks us to do.
And then the mistakes and disobedience of Jonah show us how beautiful Jesus is! First while Jonah was repulsed by wicked Nineveh and ran away from them, Jesus moves toward us and embraces the worst in us. Second, while Jonah’s call was hard, to go to such a wicked city, Jesus call was massively harder. To leave heaven, come into our mess and willingly bleed out for us to be forgiven and made right with God.
Third while Jonah slept as the sailors prayed for help to false gods, Jesus prays for us perfect prayers while we are physically and spiritually sleeping. And finally while Jonah went down into the belly of a fish because of his disobedience, Jesus went down from his throne in obedience to arm wrestle blessing for us out of every failure, loss, and hardship in our lives!
Perry LaHaie is a radio host, singer, and songwriter with a passion to see the Great Commission completed in our generation. He was born and raised in northern Michigan, earned a degree in communications, and later a graduate degree in cross-cultural communications. Music and ministry have taken him all over the world. He served at Family Life Radio before serving with Frontiers, a worldwide ministry to Muslims. Perry and his wife, Teresa, have two children, Kali and Taylor.
Shawna Beyer has been a business owner, homeschool mom, church planter, project lead for a management consulting company, and church staff member. Born and raised in Southern California, she has been married for 25 years and is the mom of four. Shawna loves to help others discover a personal relationship with God that shapes how they think, feel, and live for Jesus daily. She loves being surrounded by her family and a good cup of coffee.