The story of Jonah is well known to many: he runs away, he is thrown into the sea, he is swallowed by a big fish; three days later he is thrown out onto the shore; he goes and does what he should have done in the first place.
But what does this first chapter – disobedience, danger, despair – say to us? Do we respond like Jonah when God calls us to do something? By our wrong actions do we cause problems for others? What can we learn from his experiences?

Reading: Jonah 1:1-16

Questions to think about:

  • Can you think of a time when you knew God was calling you to do something and you chose to do something else? Do you remember why that was?
  • Jonah seemed to not want God to forgive the people of Nineveh. Are there people we feel that are “outside” the scope of God’s mercy? Do we act as if this is true?
  • How does this part of Jonah’s story speak to you? What change will it make in your life?