In his study of Jonah 3:1-4, Chuck Swindoll teaches us about the riches of God's grace and abundance of mercy from that quaint phrase, “the Lord came to Jonah a second time.”
Struggling through reading the lesser-known Old Testament passages and long prophetic oracles may seem to have little relevance to everyday 21st-century life. But there are important things we can learn from the Old Testament. First, the New Testament is based on the Old Testament. Second, the Old Testament reveals the character of God. Third, the Old Testament has transformational power. Its message transcends time, geography, and culture. It speaks to everyone, everywhere, in every situation.
Some people are much older at 40 than others are at 70. Why? Attitude! To build up attitude muscles, forget your age, focus on your goals, and remember to follow your God.
Do you need wisdom so you can become skilled at godly living? Then become a student of Proverbs. It can transform your way of thinking.
In Ecclesiastes 1:14, King Solomon says “I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.” If there is nothing to be hopeful about “under the sun,” there must be something beyond it.
There’s nothing like talking to someone who has been there to learn what it’s all about. Where are you looking for answers to learn the meaning of life? Take it from King Solomon, you won’t find it in anywhere but in Christ.
King Solomon called the attempt to find meaning in this world, “chasing after the wind.” In his journal, the book of Ecclesiastes, he talks about the difficulty of a life lived apart from Christ.
Reading the book of Proverbs will give you reverence for the Lord. We need that today. A deep reverence and respect for God.
King Solomon lived out his dreams. He enjoyed every pleasure the world had to offer, and it came up short. Solomon discovered living a life devoted to pleasure is meaningless.
If you need wisdom to become skilled at godly living, become a student of the Proverbs. It’s one of the riches volumes of vertical wisdom for horizontal living ever written.
As we reach the end of our study of the book of Jonah, it's fitting that we really let it sink in. It's one thing to go through the book of Jonah but quite another to have that divine word go through us.