Anyone who was raised in
church, or has been in church very long – has heard or read the story of “Jonah and the big fish.” We might think that Jonah created the word
“rebellion.” But when rereading the account of Jonah’s story – I noticed that
pride was the big issue in his life; we all know that “…pride comes before destruction.”
Jonah didn’t want to go
Three days and nights
inside a fish – might tend to bring change! Ya think? There
he was, in total darkness, all wrapped up in seaweed, surrounded by dead fish and
other sea-creatures; and the smell must have been terrible! The worse part of this whole story is that Jonah had no
fellowship with, and had not heard from God since the day He told him to go to
When Jonah repents – God
speaks to him again, and says the same thing that He said the last time He
spoke to him. Then He immediately freed Jonah from the ‘prison’ he was in.
(Ever have that happen? I
find that God seldom repeats Himself. He tells us to do something – then He waits for us to obey Him. When we’ve
done that – He’ll speak again. I
think that disobedience is the fastest way to end up in a wilderness, not hearing from God, not experiencing His
presence or His blessings.)
Jonah finally agrees to
(And notice: God didn’t give up on Jonah!
Even with the pride and rebellion running around
in Jonah’s life, even after he deliberately disobeyed God - His love and mercy still reached to him! He even grew a bush to
protect Jonah from the sun, and to use as
God’s love for mankind
reaches to the farthest corners of the world, and to the worse sinner. His
compassion and mercy is poured out every day, even to those that you… and Jonah
would like to see dead.
God bless your Country!
God bless you, as you
walk in obedience to all that God has given you to do.