In the sixth and final week of Jonah: Navigating a Life Interrupted by Priscilla Shirer we are hit with possibly the hardest idea for a Christian to absorb, and that is our behavior when things do not go as we had hoped or planned. As Priscilla noted, we plan things out and just ask God for His blessing on it. We feel that what we want to do for God should be good enough. One of the main reasons for this is personal comfort. We do not like to do things that make us uncomfortable, so we seek out things that are within that realm, even though they may not be what God has called us to do. When things do not go our way, we get angry and throw a fit. God often likes to get us out of our box because then, His glory can really be seen. When we do things that are beyond us, it is not us; it’s God. We need to stop throwing fits and be happy that He has chosen lowly, sinful to use in this world for His plan and His glory.
Things are going to happen in life that we do not like. We may hurt, or we may feel like we are missing out. We may never know this side of Heaven as to why God allows some of these things to occur. We can only cry out to Him and trust that He has our best interests at heart, because He really does. God loves you, and wants you to be happy. The thing is, He is the one that knows what will truly be best for us in the end. We just need to trust His divine plan. No matter what happens, God is still on the throne. He always has been, and always will be. I loved this quote from Priscilla concerning the ending of her prayers, “Do what I’ve asked you to do, or do something better.” I pray that becomes your heart and prayer as well. Trust God in all things, not just the things you want. He will work all things for His good (Romans 8:28). He will do grand things with a woman yielded to God.
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Priscilla Shirer Quotes
- You can’t play games with God and expect to win.
- The only way we can be slow to anger is if God’s Spirit is compelling us in that direction.
- Be willing to agree with God about what you find hiding in your heart.
- Like the eye of a storm, peace prevails in God’s presence, even when chaos ensues all around.
This Week’s Scripture Verses-NASB
If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Galatians 5:25
Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! Romans 11:33
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Group Discussion- Answer one question or as many as you like
- What marks the difference between having head knowledge of God and heart knowledge of God? (page 136)
- If you were sharing your own Jonah story of your life, what represents the plant God placed in your life? (page 139) Has God ever taken away something you enjoyed in your life? (page 143)
- Why is it important to see our own needs in the lives of those we are helping? (page 141)
- Why do you think the enemy tries to disguise hardship as a punishment from God? (page 144)
- Share your favorite lesson learned from this study.
Laying Down My Life,