From the Pastor: Proverbial Texts VII
X is a "Jonah"|
"So they picked up Jonah, threw him into the sea, and the sea stopped its raging." Jonah 1:15
We all have heard of a "jinx" figure. No matter what he does, things go
wrong both for him and for those around him. Despite all the
rationalisms about superstition being so much mumbo-jumbo, there are
many who will run a mile from anyone who is believed to bring bad luck,
whether in the form of financial loss, or family disasters. In the
search for a scapegoat (another proverbial expression from the Bible!)
some will try to blame a "jinx" figure and then call him a "Jonah".
The latter expression of course comes from the Book of Jonah, whose
central character tried to run away from God's command to preach to
Nineveh, capital of Israel's arch-enemy Assyria. On the high seas, in
the midst of a storm, he realized that the LORD had sent the storm
against him and his companions in the ship. When the sailors heeded his
request and threw him overboard the storm suddenly stopped.
What this story tells us is not that Jonah was a jinx, but that God made
things hard for Jonah when he tried to disobey His instruction and to
subvert His purpose. The sailors were indeed superstitious, but God did
not accede to that. The Bible tells us that "the way of the trangressor
is hard" (Proverbs 13:15), and that way will always be tough for those who
kick against God's commands. True, some seem to go through life without
God and without a care in the world, but that does not alter the fact
that they will have their reward but then lose it all at some stage.
The real "Jonahs" of this world are those who shut their ears against
preaching, set aside God's commands, and live entirely for themselves.
"Jonahs" on their way to sense and sensibility are those who wake up to
what they have been doing and are prepared to be thrown into the
proverbial sea, whatever may happen. This is called repentance. Make
sure you are a repentant Jonah.