Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from inside the fish. He said, “I cried out to the Lord in my great trouble, and he answered me. I called to you from the land of the dead, and Lord, you heard me! You threw me into the ocean depths, and I sank down to the heart of the sea. The mighty waters engulfed me; I was buried beneath your wild and stormy waves. Then I said, ‘O Lord, you have driven me from your presence. Yet I will look once more toward your holy Temple.’ I sank beneath the waves, and the waters closed over me. Seaweed wrapped itself around my head. I sank down to the very roots of the mountains. I was imprisoned in the earth, whose gates lock shut forever. But you, O Lord my God, snatched me from the jaws of death! As my life was slipping away, I remembered the Lord. And my earnest prayer went out to you in your holy Temple.
Written by: James Washburn
Jonah ran from God, and he ran as hard and fast as he could! He ran right into a terrible circumstance right into the belly of a huge fish. Can you picture him there sitting in the stomach of this odor-filled fish with stomach acids eating at his flesh and seaweed wrapped around his body? Jonah felt like he was at the end of his rope with nothing left, so He called out to God for mercy at the lowest point of his life.
Did Jesus abandon him? No. It’s never too late to cry out to God! This is not a pretty picture, but God had the big fish vomit Jonah out of his stomach onto a dry beach. His life was spared. He was given hope once again, including another opportunity to be obedient to God’s call on his life to deliver a message of hope to the people of Nineveh. You can read about the amazing result of the people turning to God in Jonah chapter 3.
Your circumstances don’t have to dictate your cure for hopelessness. The promises of God and the hope He provides by always being present in our lives brings a peace unlike any other. He is a God who is always there, ready to hear and help us in times of need. It’s never too late. No matter the distance between you and God, there is always hope found in Him.
Thought of the day: Are you feeling hopeless today? Identify what is making you feel that way and realize through Jesus you can renew hope in your life! The next step would be to take action! Check out sunvalleycc.com/next-steps.
Prayer: Jesus we are asking You to do something only You can do in this place. We are asking for people’s lives to be so impacted by the Gospel at Sun Valley that they will be excited to engage to make a global impact and send more people out to make a global difference. Open our eyes to needs and use us to help people meet, know, and follow Jesus in our community and around the world. Broaden the scope of our impact in this place. In Jesus’ name, amen.