Jonah 1:9 “And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land.”

Jonah 1:10 “Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him, Why hast thou done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the LORD, because he had told them.”

Jonah eventually own up. He told them and equally admitted that he was the cause of the whole problem they are facing. He gave them the details of what transpired between him and God.

Put differently, Jonah didn’t shy away from his sins. One of the most difficult set of believers to deal with are the arrogant ones that will clearly be at fault yet claim rights. Many Christians complicate matters that a simple “I’m sorry” would handle.

A major destructive force in the life of many believer is what I call the Saul syndrome. In 1Samuel 13 and 15, Saul committed an abomination, he did exactly what God told him not to do and when his attention was drawn to it, he tried to cover it up:

1Samuel 15:30 “Then he said, I have sinned: yet honour me now, I pray thee, before the elders of my people, and before Israel, and turn again with me, that I may worship the LORD thy God.”

Instead of Saul to own up, confess his sin to God and ask for forgiveness, he asked the “prophet” to cover him up and pretend as if nothing is wrong! He was more concerned about his ego and honour before men than before God.

This is in contrast to what David did:

2Samuel 12:7 And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man…”

2Samuel 12:16 “David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth.”

2Samuel 12:17 “And the elders of his house arose, and went to him, to raise him up from the earth: but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them.”

David also sinned and a prophet was sent to tell him his offence and immediately afterwards, he admitted his sin and began to seek the face of God.

To be continued…

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