Daily Bible Reading:
- Day 1: Jonah 1:1-17
- Day 2: Jonah 2:1-10
- Day 3: Jonah 3:1-10
- Day 4: Jonah 4:1-10
- Day 5: Malachi 3:1-18
Week 51: Jonah 1:1-17 (Jonah and the Great Fish)
- Have you ever tried to run away from something that God wanted you to do? If so, why did you run from God and how did that work out for you?
- In our story, God called Jonah to preach in Nineveh, but he rose to flee to Tarshish. Why do you think Jonah rose to flee from the presence of the Lord? Is it possible to flee from the Lord? Why or why not?
- What did God cause to happen to the ship carrying Jonah to Tarshish? How did the mariners on the ship respond to the storm? Why do you think Jonah was able to sleep during the storm? In what positive ways does God use the storms of life to accomplish His will in the lives of His children?
- How did the mariners find out that Jonah was the reason for the storm? What did Jonah instruct the mariners to do to him to quiet the storm? What signs are there that Jonah may have been depressed? What are some constructive ways for a believer to deal with sadness or depression?
- What happened to Jonah after he was cast into the sea? How long was Jonah in the belly of the fish and how did this change his attitude toward God? Is there a need for an attitude to change in your own heart concerning a specific area of God’s will for your life? Can you share about it?
- When we know someone who is running from God, what can we do to help this person? How should we pray for him or her?
- What can we learn from this story about the power and sovereignty of God? Read Matt. 12:40. What is the relationship between the stories of Jonah and Jesus? If God rules over the wind, the fish, and the grave, what reason do you have to question His will for your life?
- Let’s pray today that each of us will be fully obedient to God’s will.