This post is Day 10 in a series of studies about “Jonah”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.
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Jonah – Day 10
It was not actually God, but the sailors, who threw Jonah into the sea. But Jonah recognized that it was what God had intended, in order to bring Jonah back to where he ought to be. In the city of Nineveh being a humble obedient servant of the Lord.
You hurled me into the deep, into the very heart of the seas, and the currents swirled about me; all your waves and breakers swept over me. I said, “I have been banished from your sight; yet I will look again towards your holy temple.”
This prayer begins with a slight untruth! It was not actually God, but the sailors, who threw Jonah into the sea, at his own suggestion. But he recognized that it was what God had intended, in order to bring Jonah back to where he ought to be. In the city of Nineveh being a humble obedient servant of the Lord.
Jonah recognized that the bizarre place he was sitting in, and the difficulties he was facing were God’s way of getting his attention. Consequently this prophet supposed that he was not going to die. He could say with confidence that he would get through the problem.
Many of us can look back and see times in our life when God has used difficulties to get our attention. It is a sad fact that most of us pray much more when we have problems than we do when things are going well.
Be encouraged today as you remember what God has done for you in the past.
Look back on your life and praise your Heavenly Father for those times when things have not gone the way you have hoped, but He has been there with you. Thank Him for the things you learned through those difficulties.
Remind yourself of Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”
Praise Him again that His purposes will be fulfilled in spite of our resistance and rebellion.
Pray for the strength to continue to praise God and recognize His hand in any difficulties you are facing right now.
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