The Cost of Saying No to God

Jonah 1:1-3

This morning I want to talk with you about the cost of saying no to God. There are many good people who really love the Lord, but they still don't do what they know God wants them to do. They say 'no' to God. That is a dangerous position in which to find yourself. To know what God expects, what God commands, what God desires, and yet choose to disobey Him.

To teach us the consequences of such behavior, God has included an account of His dealings with the prophet Jonah.

God told Jonah to go to Nineveh and cry against the wickedness that was prevalent there. Instead of obeying God, Jonah said no, and tried to run from His presence. God sent a storm into his life that affected him and all those around him.

In verse 8 these men asked Jonah why the storm had come upon them, and they were curious as to who he was, where he was from, and what was his occupation.

In verse 11 they ask him what they could do to calm the storm. Jonah told them they would have to throw him overboard. After some hesitation they did just that and a great fish that God had prepared just for this moment swallowed up Jonah and he was inside the belly of the fish for 3 days and 3 nights.

Chapter 2 tells us of Jonah's prayer for deliverance and ends with him being vomited out upon the dry land. Chapter 3 begins with, "and the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time saying…" Once Jonah had been rescued, God said, "Now, go and do what I told you to start with." God gave him a second chance to obey.

Jonah entered into the city of Nineveh and began warning them of the impending judgment of God. They believed the message and repented. God saw their repentance and He also changed His mind about destroying the city. "But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry."

Though he had been rescued from the death, given another chance to obey, and had been used mightily by God, Jonah was ungrateful and unsatisfied. We are looking at who may be the greatest evangelist in history. Yet it cost him dearly to do God's will in his own time. I want us to see four things it cost Jonah by saying 'No' to God.

I. It cost him God's presence.

II. It Cost Him God's Place.

III. It Cost Him God's Peace.

IV. It Cost Him God's Purpose.

What does it cost to say no to God? It costs a lot. No doubt more than any of us are willing to pay. It cost Jonah God's presence, God's place, God's peace, and God's purpose. Are we doing what we know God wants us to do, right now? If not, come today.

Have you said 'No' to God's offer of salvation? Have you refused to come to Christ? We know that God's desire is that all might be saved. Why not come to Him today in repentance seeking His forgiveness. If you have never been born again, why not come now and trust Jesus Christ as your Savior? Whatever your need, come and meet with God here at this altar.