Subject of this Bible Study:
What do we do when God interrupts our lives? Many times, like Jonah, we run! Jonah: Navigating a Life Interrupted by Priscilla Shirer is a 7-session Bible study that redefines interruption and shows how it can be God's invitation to do something beyond our wildest dreams.
The Bible Study started off with the verse.....Isaiah 55:8 "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways," declares the Lord.
How has your life been interrupted lately?
Jonah was the only prophet who received instructions from God and ran from what God told him to do. Our journey with Jonah helps us revamp our view of life interrupted. THE INTERRUPTED LIFE is the privilege life.
Jonah 1:1 "The word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai saying" The first two miracles in the Book of Jonah are found in the very first verse. 1) God spoke. 2) God allowed a mere human to hear His voice.
To get a new view on what the interrupted life really means for believers in Jesus Christ, we need to get a new view of God. We may have our own plans for our life but God may have different plans. We may look at this change in our plans as an interruption but really it is A DIVINE INTERVENTION. God is knocking on your door with A DIVINE INTERVENTION!
Its like a volleyball game. You and your team mates are ready for the return. The ball passes over the net to your side and you all say "GOT IT!" "I GOT IT!" But when it finally comes down NO ONE GOT IT. Because everyone thought the other person HAD IT. When the interruption life comes...we say GOT IT! But when we find out what Gods plan is we run away and say YOU GOT IT!
We must remember that the Interrupted Life is a privilege and God has knocked on our door to instruct us. We must follow His instruction. When the interrupted life comes, say "I got it" and mean it....GET IT!
One of the greatest revivals in history occurred because one man responded in obedience. Jonah was a prophet. His job was to hear the word of God and then to administer it to other people.
"Arise, go to Ninevah the great city and cry against it, for their wickedness has come up before Me" (Jonah 1:2)
Ninevah was a place of hopelessness. Only God can handle our hopeless situations. God often sends us into the hopeless place because it's in the hopeless place that we can see the hope of God.
THE INTERRUPTED LIFE is the significant life. The only scripture that talks about Jonah before the book of Jonah is in 2 Kings 14:25. We find out only 5 things about him. 1) His name 2) His religion 3) His family 4) His job 5) His hometown. But after his interrupted life there is a lot of significance now with Jonah's life.
There is significance in your life that will come out once your life is interrupted. This significance will mark others' lives!