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Ideal circumstances do not necessarily   should never be misinterpreted that He is
        J   onah stood on the wharf in Joppa.  Ability does not equate to spirituality
                                             overlooking or minimizing sin.
        indicate that something is God’s will
            God had sent him to Nineveh, but he
                                               No one enjoys listening to a boring
            wanted to go anywhere but Nineveh.
        Just at that point, a ship was leaving for   speaker. However, ability is not spiritual-
                                             ity. True spirituality is when someone is
        Tarshish (1200 miles away on the western   empowered by the Spirit to do something
        side of the Mediterranean Sea). Amazingly,   Scriptural (Luke 4:1). Thus, monotone
        there was a ticket available and Jonah had   Jonathan Edwards read his “Sinners in the
        the money. God’s will? Clearly not!   hands of an angry God” sermon and souls
          Circumstances are only valid guides to   repented. Little David confronted gigantic
        God’s will in the measure they agree with   Goliath and won. Even Paul said, “My
        Scripture. David and his men were in a   speech and my preaching was not with
        cave when King Saul came in alone. Da-  enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in
        vid’s men saw a perfect opportunity to kill   demonstration of the Spirit and of power”
        Saul, but David knew that while Saul was   (1Cor 2:4, KJV). God values faithfulness
        evil, he was “the Lord’s anointed” (1Sam   and dependence over ability, charisma, and
        24:6, KJV). “Perfect circumstances” must   results. Do we? Or, do we place men on
        be evaluated as to whether they agree with   pedestals for their ability, humor, or how
        God’s Word. Jonah’s circumstances did not,   they make us feel?
        but he proceeded anyway. David’s didn’t
        either, but he recognized it and restrained   God using a man does not mean he
        his men.                             approves of that man
        Blessing does not mean God is making   God once used an unclean donkey to
        an exception for sin                 speak to Balaam. He then used unsaved
          Ends never justify the means with God.   Balaam to bless Israel. God is sovereign
        When a famine hit Israel, Elimelech and   and He can use any instrument He chooses.
        Naomi moved back across the Jordan to   When a man’s sermon touches us or souls
        Moab. This was blatantly against God’s   get saved, we think God’s stamp of ap-
        Word. However, Ruth, a young Moabitess,   proval is upon him because we judge by
        got saved. Would this blessing negate or   results. However, God’s sovereignty does
        lessen their sin? Never! It only magnified   not always indicate his approval.
        the grace of God. Despite their sin, God   So easily we glorify human ability, use-
        mercifully saved a Moabite.          fulness, and results and we miss God’s
          If a believer dates an unsaved person and   sovereignty, mercy, and grace. No wonder
        the unbeliever gets saved, does that mini-  Paul said, “We are asking God that you
        mize the disobedience of the believer (2Cor  may see things, as it were, from his point
        6:14)? If I burn my neighbor’s house down,  of view by being given spiritual insight
        do my criminal and assembly responsibili-  and understanding” (Col 1:9, J B Phillips
        ties disappear if, by seeing the flames, my  New Testament). May God help us to have
        neighbor becomes troubled about his sin  20/20 spiritual vision and not misjudge
        and gets saved? God’s grace in blessing  our Maker.

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