Jonah 2:8-9: “Those who regard worthless idols
Any time our deepest desire is for something other than God because we think that will satisfy or rescue us, a dangerous "soul idol" is forming. We may idolize the approval of people, our own comfort, or maintaining control. All of these things can become "idol lies," things we value more than God. We cling to those idols, and in so ding, as Jonah said, we 'forfeit the grace that could be ours." --Dee Brestin "Idol Lies" p4-5
The doctrine of grace may be the hardest doctrine in the Bible to accept. It’s not that grace is hard to understand. We know what the word means. Our problem comes in the application. Grace asks us to accept two things we don’t want to accept:
1. There is nothing we can do to save ourselves.
2. If God doesn’t save us, we will never be saved.
Nothing more clearly summarizes the true meaning of grace than the simple phrase found Jonah 2:9, “Salvation is of the Lord.
That statement is both striking and humorous because it comes from the world’s worst missionary.