Startling Questions

But to Jonah this seemed very wrong, and he became angry.  He prayed to the Lord, “Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.  Now, Lord, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.”

But the Lord replied, “Is it right for you to be angry?”

–          Jonah 4:1-4


Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

–          Revelation 3:20


“Have you even been stopped cold in your tracks with a timely-asked question? Jonah, a believer in the Old Testament, was given a specific assignment by God. It was a difficult task and he could not be successful without divine help. At his core, Jonah didn’t like how God was going about things. One day in frustration he sat down under a tree – overcome, irritated and annoyed.

“Many times in Scripture, as in today’s verse[s above], one’s spiritual condition is bluntly exposed with a question. In Genesis God asks Adam, ‘Who told you that you were naked?’ In Matthew Jesus asks Peter, ‘Who do you say I am?’ In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus asks Judas, ‘Are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?’

“Today, if you find your soul vexed by what seems to be happening on the world stage or in your own life, ask yourself this question: “’How dedicated am I to being part of God’s providential plan, done in His way and in His timing?’ Pray many will join you in humbly dedicating themselves to staying on track and seeing that God’s purposes are being accomplished.”

–          Presidential Prayer Team Devotion



Well, it is afternoon on Christmas, unless you read this at posting time from Hawaii or Tahiti, or you don’t read it until the next day, if not later.  The presents may already be opened.  The Christmas blahs may have already set in.


Here’s a question.  “Did you get the gift that you really wanted?”


If not, do not be psychologically damaged by Madison Avenue.  For 2-3 months, one particular department store has been advertising a connection between gifts and true love.  There was love shown on that first Christmas.  It makes sense, but what they were selling on TV and the internet was a form of psychological damage in that you were not loved because you did not get that one gift that you really wanted.  And of course, the giver did not buy it at the one particular department store.


Do not buy that message at all.  You are loved.


Jesus said (John 15:13), “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”


You may ask why the second Scripture was included, Revelation 3:20.  There is no question.  Well, it’s my favorite verse.  Jesus is knocking.  But read it closely.  It doesn’t say anything about answering the knock at the door.  It says, ‘hear my voice.’


Could Jesus be asking a question?


Here’s another question. “Have you received the one gift that you really need?”


Jesus is knocking at your door.  And He says, “I come bringing a gift of great value.  Will you open the door?”


How have you answered His question?


Soli Deo Gloria.  Only to God be the Glory.


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