It’s Futile to Try

Among the helpful lessons Jonah’s story offers at this point (Jonah 1) is the obvious one: you can’t outrun God.  It’s futile to try.  It’s impossible to outpace his pursuing affection.

– Tchividjian, Tullian; Surprised by Grace: God’s Relentless Pursuit of Rebels; Crossway Books; Wheaton, Il; copyright 2010; p. 50

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Wait a Minute, Who is Following Who in Jonah?

All in all, the contrast in this scene between Jonah and the sailors (Jonah 1) could hardly be stronger.  The proud “Hebrew” and self-proclaimed God-fearer has shown rash resistance to God’s authority, character and purposes.  The pagan Gentiles, meanwhile, consistently demonstrate sensitivity to God’s sovereignty and supremacy, as well as  to the sanctity of human life.

– Tchividjian, Tullian; Surprised by Grace: God’s Relentless Pursuit of Rebels; Crossway Books; Wheaton, Il; copyright 2010; p. 50