Jonah 1:17- Now the Lord provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
Jonah 2:1-2 From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. 2 He said: “In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help and you listened to my cry.
Jonah was an old testament Prophet.
God had commanded Jonah to go and speak judgment against the people of Nineveh because of their sins.
Jonah wanted Nineveh to be destroyed because he did not like the Assyrians. He felt that they deserved God’s judgment and not His mercy for their sins.
The people of Nineveh was Israel's enemy and had always been a threat to them, therefore, Jonah wanted them to be punished.
Jonah knew that God was a God of mercy and he did not want to see mercy granted to those whom he considered to be the enemy of his people.
Jonah disobeyed God and refused to go directly to Nineveh as God instructed Him to and instead he gets on a boat, pays his fare and goes to a city by the name of Tarshish which is in the opposite direction from where God had sent him.
Jonah's disobedience lead to him be thrown overboard from the ship and swallowed up by a big fish that was sent by God just for him.
Isn’t Jonah's attitude like many today? They do not want to obey nothing God tells them to do until they find themselves like Jonah in a situation where only God can get them out.
One thing we must all accept and that is the fact that we can run, but we cannot hide from God. He knows exactly where to find us.
Psalm 139:7-12 -Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I run away from where You are? 8 If I go up to heaven, You are there! If I make my bed in the place of the dead, You are there! 9 If I take the wings of the morning or live in the farthest part of the sea, 10 even there Your hand will lead me and Your right hand will hold me. 11 If I say, “For sure the darkness will cover me and the light around me will be night,” 12 even the darkness is not dark to You. And the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are the same to You.
After having spent 3 days and 3 nights of prayer service in the belly of a big fish all alone and after realizing that he was not going anywhere, Jonah now decides that he needed to call on God if he wanted to get out from where he was.
Jonah had a change of heart and cries out to God from the depth of his soul to be saved.
I can only imagine in my spirit mind how Jonah called on the name of Jesus in the midst of that fish belly. I imagined him singing a new tune by saying "Lord, I need you now! " please, come now Lord for I will do what you said".
Calling on the name of the Lord our God from an unusual place called "the belly of a big fish".
Have you ever been trapped in a situation and could not get out? Have you ever had to call on the Lord from an unusual place because you chose to listen to you and not God? If I could be honest for a moment, I have been there many times!
Why is it that we are only lead to God when desperate measures shows up at our front door? When your health fails, when unexpected trouble comes, when all the money is gone, when we are facing unemployment, foreclosure, death, divorce, terminal illness, etc. Why? Why is God always a last resort in the life of so many people?
Are you calling on God from an unusual place on today? Does it feel like you are stuck in the belly of a fish too? Have you disobeyed God's command and now find yourself desperately seeking His way out of the mess you have put yourself in?
What unusual place are you calling on God from? Is it from a divorce court? is it from a jail cell? Is it from a sick bed? Is it in the unemployment line? Is it from a depressed mind? Is it in the midst of a tragedy? Is it in the principal's office? is it in the midst of a heated family dispute? Where is it that you have found yourself calling on God for help?
What unusual place are you calling on God from on today? What place of desperation has disobedience to God caused you to cry out from? Jonah's cry came from the belly of a big fish.
Jonah had to be tossed overboard from a ship into a stormy sea to believe that God’s commands must be obeyed. It is on a stormy sea in the belly of a big fish where Jonah realized that life was not about him but about God and His will for our his life.
What is it that God has commanded you to do? Are you running or are you doing it? Disobedience will sure nuff bring a storm in your life.
Calling on God from the belly of a fish! What unusual place are you calling God from on today?
God bless and do tell the Lord thank you for sending a storm that caused you to see your need for Him and Him alone.
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