Big Fish…Big Attitude – Why Believing is a Good Idea

Jonah started into the city, walking one day, and he cried out, “Just forty days more and Nineveh will be overthrown!” And the people of Nineveh believed God. They proclaimed a fast and put on mourning clothes, from the greatest of them to the least significant (Jonah 3:4-5, Common English Bible).

How easy it would be to just not listen. Here is this crazy man who seriously smells like dead fish, walking around town, shouting out to anyone who would listen, “Just forty days more and Nineveh will be overthrown.” How easy would it have been to say, “He isn’t a prophet, he’s a crazy man?”

That happened more than once in the pages of the Old Testament. It is why Sodom and Gomorrah fell. They were warned. They were warned more than once. Abraham was told if he could find one person in Sodom and Gomorrah who was righteous, a person who believed and would follow God the cities would be saved.

It happened in the New Testament. There should be no question, these guys were far more interested in following the law than following God. Again, these guys had multiple ways and times they could turn things around. Some actually did. There was Nicodemus and Joseph. Both were Pharisees and both chose to listen. We also should not forget about Paul. Talk about a change in someone. God grabbed Paul and nothing in his life would ever be the same. Being willing to listen to God changed EVERYTHING in Paul’s life.

It happens in our own lives. Some listen. Others of us fall well short. When one reads Chuck Colson’s story, it is easy to see both sides of this. By his own admission, Colson, a Watergate conspirator, would do just about anything in the name of power. Then he was caught. Then his life started to crumble around him. Everything changed. Even in Federal prison he knew things were different.

When Jonah went walking around Nineveh, the people did more than listen, laugh, and walk away. Most of us would do just that. That is the way respond, not some of the time when someone claims to have a prophetic voice and are calling people to change, but all the time. Some of these people might just have heard a word from God. Not all, but some of them. Yet we tend not to listen to any of them. Sometimes I think it is because we don’t like what we here. We would rather continue on with the way we do things. Change is hard and its easier not to listen.

The people of Nineveh knew what they were doing, the way they were living was wrong. They knew it was not the way God called on them to live. They knew they needed to change their lives. They knew they were hearing the voice of God.

Perhaps what we need most to do is to really listen for the voice of God. Then, when we hear that voice (I have posted before on this topic), respond as God instructs us. When we do that we will change our lives. When we do that we will change the world.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thanksgiving,
Keith

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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