The Storm in Jonah is not God’s Anger Manifested

When we first read this part of the story (Jonah 1), we typically assume the storm is Jonah’s punishment from God for his disobedience.  But the storm isn’t punishment’ its an intervention, brought on by God’s affection rather than his anger.

– Tchividjian, Tullian; Surprised by Grace: God’s Relentless Pursuit of Rebels; Crossway Books; Wheaton, Il; copyright 2010; p. 52

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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