|Read Jonah 2
From Johan 1, we see Jonah trying to run away from his calling and God. If you read this chapter carefully, you will notice that Jonah flight from God was one of descent. In vs. 3, notice that he went DOWN to Joppa, in vs. 5 we see that he went DOWN into the ship, and then fell asleep DOWN below deck. Finally, in vs. 15 Jonah was thrown DOWN into the depths of the sea. Why is this?
From Jonah’s prayer in chapter 2, he acknowledges that he was in great danger, and at the lowest point in his life, but he knew that God brought him to that point. Have you ever felt like you were at the lowest point in your life? Have you ever reached a point where you lost everything; your job, your spouse, your finances, your happiness? How did you react? What did you do?
Whenever you drift away from God, he does whatever it takes to bring you back to the foot of the cross. He strips you of everything that distracts you from him and like he did for Jonah, he brings you to an extremely low point, and he forces you on your knees, a humbled position. After this, he longs for you to do what Jonah does in vs. 7, “When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, Lord, and my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple.” REMEMBER GOD!!! He expects you to turn to him for help, but you often forget to do this (you become the person Jonah speaks about in vs. 8 “Those who cling to worthless idols…” You rely on your strength, turn to friends, family, alcohol, sin, etc, and just continue to sink DOWN further, but rejoice, rejoice because God never gives up on you. He will continue to rid you of everything until all you have left is Him.
Lastly, vs. 9 “But I, with a song of thanksgiving, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. Salvation comes from the Lord.” God expects you to make good on your vow. If he called you to do something, after saving you, he expects you to heed to that call. A pastor, in a sermon, said, “God’s salvation demands a response.”
So brethren, I encourage you today to always remember God in every situation, be it good or bad. Your strength will only sink you down further, so find God’s purpose in the midst of your trials and tribulations, and accept your salvation. Most importantly, sacrifice to him with a song of thanksgiving, and make good on your vow. If you do these, I assure you that he will raise you back up higher that you can ever imagine.
“And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land”-vs. 10
I pray today that God will give you the wisdom to remember him in the fish’s belly. I pray that he will grant you your salvation and give you the strength to fulfill your calling and make good on your vow to him. –Amen! I leave you in God’s perfect peace.
Stay blessed and spread the word.