Therefore they called out to the Lord, “O Lord, let us not perish for this man’s life, and lay not on us innocent blood, for you, O Lord, have done as it pleased you.” So they picked up Jonah and hurled him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging. Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows. — Jonah 1: 14-16
There are times when we see others disobedient against the Lord’s will. We get mad at those people and try to persuade them to correct their ways, but they are just too stubborn even to listen. But when the Lord’s hand moves in these people, we would be surprised that in their obedience, God still accomplishes His purposes for the good of those around them.
Like what happened to Jonah, he was commanded by the Lord to go to Nineveh for a task but Jonah went on a ship with several other people, going to the opposite direction away from God’s presence. Then God hurled a great wind upon the sea and the ship was threatened to break up.
The people with Jonah called upon their own gods, but then because God, despite Jonah’s disobedience, still wants to accomplish his purpose by revealing himself to the people in the ship. These people started calling upon the Lord and experienced His power. They started giving sacrifices and made vows to Him despite Jonah’s disobedience.
In our weaknesses and failures, it’s true that we know in ourselves we could have blessed more lives and could have been a better testimony if not because of our disobedience. But let us keep in mind that it’s still the Lord’s hand that moves and blesses people, not us. So let us pray that despite our disobedience, the Lord’s will still be done in us and those around us.
Reference: Working Through Failure