Consequences for our choices do not affect our lives alone, but the lives of those around us.
Especially when these decisions are in direct conflict with what God has specifically instructed us to to.
The greatest example of this particular situation in the Bible is probably the story of Jonah.
We all remember this guy, right?
He was told by God to go to Ninevah to preach, and he immediately denied his calling and ran in the other direction.
We all know the big parts of the story.
1. God calls.
2. Jonah runs.
3. Jonah is swallowed by a great fish.
4. Jonah preaches.
5. Ninevah repents
We often disregard two key elements of the story.
1. Jonah on the ship.
2. Jonah’s anger.
The latter of the two is usually left out because we don’t really know how to handle that particular situation.
Or, at least I don’t.
The former is just kind of skipped over to get to the more interesting parts of the story.
But this is where I find myself looking most intently recently.
Basically, Jonah has been given specific instructions from the Lord.
And he denies them, and rather than travelling to Ninevah, hops a boat bound for Tarshish.
Then all proverbial hell breaks loose.
These things weren’t there before.
This was something brought upon the ship by the Lord because of the unfaithfulness of one.
It wasn’t just Jonah that God shook up.
It was those around him also.
The unfaithfulness of one led to the unrest of many.
Interesting, isn’t it?
Lets chew on that idea for a while.
That our actions and our disobedience holds severe consequences.
Not just for us, but for those around us as well…