The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid.”
A long time ago, there was a fellow named Jonah. God wanted him to go to Ninevah and preach to them against their wickedness. Jonah didn’t want to go to Ninevah. He decided he would head out in the opposite direction, literally running away from God. He hopped on a boat and took off. In the night, a huge storm came up and everyone on the boat was scared to death. Jonah realized that God had brought about the storm, because of his sinning, so he told the guys on the boat to throw him overboard, so that they would be saved. They really didn’t want to, but after the storm got so bad, they were desperate and over the railing they threw Jonah.
Jonah thrashed about in the water and then all of a sudden, he was swallowed up by a giant fish. Man, can you image? YIKES! For three days and three nights he was in the belly of that fish. At that point, he was very sorry he had tried to run from God and he offered up a prayer to him. God heard his prayer and allowed the fish to spew him out and onto dry land. And yes, that land was very close to the city of Ninevah. Ummmm … imagine that.
God asked Jonah again to go to Ninevah to preach to the city and this time Jonah obeyed … immediately.
Food For Thought:
– Have you ever tried to run from God?
– Did you have to spend some time in the belly of a big fish?
Father, thank You for sending the fish along to remind me of what you would have me to do. I know sometimes it seems easier to run from the hard issues in life, but I know that You want me to face them head on and with You.
I love You Jesus.
In Your Name Pray,
God Bless You!
A Life Decision