Man Overboard

David Bast

READ : Jonah 1:11-16

So they picked up Jonah and hurled him into the sea. (v. 15)

When Jonah told the sailors to toss him overboard, it looked like a noble thing to do. But I wonder if this wasn’t just one more act of defiance against God. If Jonah can’t run away to Tarshish, he’ll escape by having himself thrown into the sea. In the few moments he had left, Jonah no doubt consoled himself by reflecting that, while it was not the end he would have chosen, at least it meant he didn’t have to go to Nineveh! But he was mistaken. Jonah’s life wasn’t finished yet because Jonah’s God wasn’t finished yet—with him.

You may be thinking: This is all very interesting, but what does it have to do with me? Consider this. God doesn’t just have a plan for saving the world; he has a plan for your part in saving the world. Of course, he first wants you to respond to his love for you by loving and following him in return. But his plan also includes a specific role for you to play in advancing the gospel. Just as it did to Jonah, the word of the Lord comes to us, telling us to “arise and go.” Or if not that exactly, then at least to help send those who have been called to go.

We each must choose whether we will obey God’s call or try to evade it, whether we’ll go to the world with God’s word or run away from it. At Words of Hope we have chosen to go. Do you choose to send?


God, show me what I can do to help reach the world.