The gospel saves us, giving us a reason to walk through the wilderness to the promised land, and the law guides us, giving us directions for that journey. Christians are driven by God’s promises, and directed by God’s purposes. Two passages – Genesis 15 and Romans 4 – bring this point home powerfully.
Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 133
The wisdom and power of God being alike infinite, the accomplishment of whatever He hath purposed is absolutely guaranteed. It is no more possible for the divine counsels to fail in their execution that it would be for the thrice holy God to lie.
– Pink, Arthur W.; The Attributes of God; Kindle Edition; page 17
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