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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Vote/Voted off the Island (05/29/14)

TITLE: Voted Off
By Edmond Ng


    Each man said to his mate, “Come, let us cast lots so we may learn on whose account this calamity has struck us.” So they cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah. (Jonah 1:7 NAS)

When the corporation I worked for failed to reach its targeted revenue for the year, it was announced the CEO would be leaving because of personal reasons, although everyone knew he was voted off the island.

As employees, many of us are also vulnerable to be voted off whenever a business or corporation restructures or fails to perform well. Sometimes we might be selected for layoff because of ‘personal reasons’ like our lack of exceptional performance, and at times because we outperformed our superiors or specially valued peers.

When the sailors cast their lots to find out on whose account the storm struck them, the lot fell on Jonah. So Jonah was eventually thrown overboard because he was endangering their lives by his disobedience to God (Jonah 1:7, 15).

Unlike Jonah, Jesus was voted off by the council to die for the whole nation because He outperformed the chief priests and the Pharisees by the many signs He did. Jesus eventually died on the cross to save us all because of His love for us and obedience to God (John 11:47-50; 19:30).

Are we like Jonah or like Jesus? Are we upset or unhappy because we have been voted off the island? Are we feeling bitter or unjustified because of layoffs for the wrong reasons, such as outperforming or unwittingly crossing a person?

While on the cross, Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34).

Jesus did not for a moment feel bitter or unjustified for the wrong done to Him. He knew what was coming and willingly submitted Himself in obedience to God. Similarly, as disciples of our Lord, we should not be surprised by the ordeals we are going through. If we suffer because we are Christians, do not be ashamed, but praise God we bear His name. So the next time around we encounter a door that is closed, rest assured another door will be opened. We need only to pray and wait (1 Peter 4:12, 16; Matthew 7:7; 1 John 5:14).

Dear Lord, help us to forgive those who insult or shame us. Keep us calm in spirit and give us Your peace amid the storm. Teach us to accept whatever comes our way, even when we are handpicked to leave what we have come to love. Move our hearts to obey You in all we do. We place our trust in You that when a door is closed, another will be opened. Grant us patience as we wait and pray.

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C D Swanson 06/05/14
Lovely devotional with a timely and pertinent message.

God bless~
Judith Gayle Smith06/06/14
Well done!
Larry Whittington06/07/14
Very good lesson for us. I especially like the part where you showed Jesus died on the cross because of ..... in obedience to God. It is also necessary for us to obey God (the words of Jesus) for us to be have our sins forgiven and be saved.

It should not surprise us that we can be mistreated or misunderstood when we try to just obey what the Bible says is true.

Our attitude is very important. thanks again for the good lesson for us.
Lois Farrow06/12/14
Well done, with a very good message. You did well showing we can be voted off both for doing wrong - and for doing right.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/13/14
This is a devotional that everyone can relate to. I really like how you compared Jonah to Jesus. I'd never quite thought of it like that. I can certainly relate to Jonah. Fear, self doubt, and feeling incapable has caused me to run from God many times. Yet he is always waiting with his arms stretched out. Great take on the topic. Congratulations on ranking 3rd in your level and 11 overall! Happy Dance!
C D Swanson 06/13/14
Congratulations Edmond

God bless~