We, Too, Look for Others to Blame

Calvin notes that these sailors [in the book of Jonah] would not be so quick to single out one man “if each had well considered what he deserved before God.  When a calamity happens, it is the duty of everyone to examine himself and his whole life before God; then everyone, from the first to the last, must confess that he bears a just judgment.”  These men seek one person to blame for the storm, Calvin says, “because they did not think that their own sins deserved so heavy a punishment.

– Tchividjian, Tullian; Surprised by Grace: God’s Relentless Pursuit of Rebels; Crossway Books; Wheaton, Il; copyright 2010; p.45

Robbing Other People

Running from God keeps you from “breathing” and living the life he intends you to live. You thereby rob other people of the blessing God intends to give them through you, because you’re less than you’re meant to be – as Jonah’s spiral vividly testifies.

– Tchividjian, Tullian; Surprised by Grace: God’s Relentless Pursuit of Rebels; Crossway Books; Wheaton, Il; copyright 2010; p. 44