Old Testament In a Year: July 12 – Jonah 1, 2, 3, 4

Jonah 1, 2, 3, 4
Focus Verse: Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish. – Jonah 2:1

Jonah was not right when he tried to flee to Tarshish to get away from the presence of the Lord. He wasn’t right when he became angry because the people of Nineveh turned from their evil ways. He wasn’t right when he showed displeasure at God’s compassion toward the repentant people of Nineveh. He wasn’t right when he said that it was better for him to die than to live. But Jonah was right when he prayed to God while in the belly of the fish.

Praying to God was about the only thing Jonah could do. He had tried running from God, and that hadn’t worked. So, while surrounded by ocean water and seaweed and whatever else was in the fish’s belly, Jonah got down on his knees and prayed to God for deliverance.

And out of the belly of the fish, God heard Jonah’s voice.

When Jonah thought his life was fainting away, God brought him up from the heart of the seas.

Despite his disobedience and contemptuous spirit, God still used Jonah to lead a nation to repentance and salvation. In doing so, they were delivered from destruction.

When you are in a state of distress and feel closed in on all sides, without any place to turn – turn to God. When you cannot go forward or backward or to the left or right – look upward. Call out to the Lord, and He will hear your voice and answer you.

Even when your trouble is your own fault, as Jonah’s trouble was his fault, don’t despair. Don’t give up. Don’t think that God cannot still use you. He can.

If God has a purpose that He wants you to fulfill, no failure or mistake – not even your own – can thwart it from being fulfilled.

1 Year In God’s Word: Day 193 — Jonah 1-4, Acts 15:1-21

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Jonah 1
Focus Verse: But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord. (3)

When the word of the Lord came to Jonah, he initially ran away from the task that he had been given to do. What will we do when God calls us? Will we let fear of the unknown cause us to flee from our mission? Will we run and hide in disobedience like Jonah? Or will we answer God’s call, listen to Him, and do what He tells us to do. We would be wise to do the latter because running from God is quite useless. Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

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