People under estimate the story of Jonah. It has so much potential and hidden lessons that we can all learn from.
Most of us know the story of Jonah, but for those who do not, I will summarize it.
God instructed Jonah to go to Ninevah, a city of pure evil, and Jonah ran away taking a boat along with others. The seas became ferocious and the men aboard knew it was Jonah. Jonah was thrown over board and God provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah where he stayed for 3 days praying to God. Then Jonah was vomited out onto dry land and obeys him this time and goes to Ninevah.
The part of the story I want to focus on is one that not many people do focus on.
Because of Jonah’s disobedience, he provided the opportunity for God to show others himself.
As the seas were rapidly growing into worse and worse conditions, the men on the boat starting getting scared and Jonah told them about his God. He told them about he disobeyed and was running and he told them to throw him into the water.
“Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging sea grew calm.” -Jonah 1:15
Now check this out….
“At this the men greatly feared the Lord, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows to him.” -Jonah 1:16
How cool is that?! Through Jonah’s disobedience, God was able to use Jonah to bring these others sailors to Him! Those sailors made a vow to God because of Jonah’s disobedience!
My point is not that we should disobey God. My point is that we should not be discouraged because of our weaknesses; God already sent Jesus down to the cross to pay for that! God uses our weaknesses to show others Himself.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” -2 Corinthians 12:9
Do not let your failures keep you from sharing God’s love because your failures are the greatest way to show God’s love! Use your weakness. Strength is found in weakness! Let God use you. Be vulnerable. Be strong in your weakness! Boast about it !