Repentance occurs when we reach the end of ourselves. Jonah came to that point as he sank in the sea. As he faced his looming death, he called out to God, submitted his own will to God's, and was rescued. We do not have to face the exact circumstances as Jonah did, but repentance in our own lives also comes when we reach a breaking point and turn from our sin in response to God's sovereign grace.
Spend some time over the next couple days searching your heart for areas of sin that may need repentance.
Listen to Sovereign Grace in the Sea
PREPARING TO HEAR
The beginning of Jonah chapter 3 mirrors the beginning of chapter 1: God calls Jonah to go to Nineveh and preach. But Jonah's response is drastically different than in chapter 1. Chapter 3 describes Jonah's obedience, God's hand in salvation, and the wicked Ninevites turning to God. To prepare for this week, read Jonah 3 and think about the following questions:
- How do the Ninevites respond to Jonah's message?
- Why did all the Ninevites participate in a fast?
- What does verse 9 tell us about the king's response to God?
- What does verse 10 mean when it says that God relented of what he had planned?
Let's pray that God's word is clearly proclaimed and received on Sunday. Pray for believers to be encouraged and strengthened, for unbelievers to be drawn to Christ, and for God to be glorified in all we do.