Topic: Jonah 1:1-5
One of Satan's most deceptive lies is that sin impacts only the person committing the sin. It is a large part of today's philosophy of moral relativism, which says that whatever a person believes is right for him is indeed right. Most people believe in fewer and fewer absolutes.
"I'm not hurting anyone but myself," has been uttered under more than one rebellious breath. People should take time to examine that self-absorbed statement and consider why they would ever choose to hurt themselves anyway.
Sin's roots are those of wild weeds. They grow uncontrollably until they engulf not only the offender but also many others surrounding him. Sin can choke the life out of anyone, including a believer.
Jonah was the only prophet called of God who is on record as having rebelled against Him. The result was that his circumstances grew so bad that he twice preferred death over life. Plus, those innocent and unwitting people around him suffered. The sailors on the storm-tossed ship that carried Jonah had no idea about the baggage he was bringing onboard or he never would have made it through customs!
While the temptation to sin sometimes seems irresistible, there are few occurrences in life as sobering as seeing an innocent person, especially a loved one, suffer for your rebellion.