Choices Have Consequences

In the Book of Jonah, we see the consequences of his choice not to obey God having a profound effect on the crew of the ship he was traveling on. Jonah was the reason the storm was tearing the ship apart.  

Jonah’s choice had consequences for everyone on that ship.

The same can be true in our lives. How many times have we made a choice without regard for those who are going through life with us? I would like to believe if we thought about the others who would be affected by the consequences of our choices, we wouldn’t make them. But honestly, I am not sure. 

As with the case of Jonah, it was his selfishness that led him to flee God and the possibility that God would save the Ninevites, whom he believed did not deserve to be saved. 

The question I have is, are we any different than Jonah? Is our belief and desire for what we want or don’t want more important than the people it may affect?

If we are honest, we can probably agree that we are no different than Jonah. Perhaps just as he did, we have made choices with no thought or consideration for anyone else. We may even be making them now. 

One of the interesting parts of the Jonah story for me is that even though the people involved knew Jonah’s choices had created the consequences they were experiencing they still didn’t throw him overboard until they had no choice but to do so. 

You see, selflessness overcomes selfishness every time. 

The next time we face a choice and are being called by God to do something we may not want to do. I hope we will realize that our choices have consequences and those consequences may not be limited to us. 

Jonah 1:12,   He said to them, “Pick me up and hurl me into the sea; then the sea will quiet down for you, for I know it is because of me that this great tempest has come upon you.”