Jonah’s Provision

“Jonah’s Provision”

6/1/14

Jonah Chapter 2

            In spite of Jonah’s rebellion, the word says “the Lord provided” for Jonah. After the sailors threw Jonah into the sea that would have caused certain death, God provided a rescue plan. In His infinite wisdom and imagination, God “provided a great fish to swallow Jonah” (Jonah 1:17). The unthinkable and unimaginable has now occurred for Jonah: A great fish has swallowed him and he is now going to the bottom of the sea. And Jonah stayed “inside the fish three days and three nights” (Jonah 1:17). This internment was a living hell for Jonah, but he was still alive. Now it’s time for Jonah to do what the sailors had previously done: “To cry out to the Lord” (Jonah 1:14).

Sometimes we don’t know how rough life can be until we rebel against God. But now Jonah knew. Jonah knew for the first time what it is like to have the hand of God against him. And this is what Jonah found out first hand: How gracious and merciful God can be- “From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. He said, “In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me” (Jonah 2:1). Intercessory prayer is about God hearing you and answering you. Jonah knew this was all his fault and now he was paying the price for his rebellion. The interesting thing here is that Jonah’s direction in his life has now changed 180 degrees. Jonah got on a ship to “run away from the Lord” and now he is calling on the name of the Lord. Jonah is running back to the God he was just running away from and God rescued him. The scriptures say, “And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land” (Jonah 2:10).

There is no sin so deep that God’s love is not deeper still. This is not a story about a great prophet with great faith. It is a story about a great and awesome God whose love and compassion goes beyond the comprehension of our minds. If you, like Jonah, have blown it, remember there is no sin so deep that God’s love is not deeper still. 

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