This post is Day 27 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 27
This verse always makes me smile. Just when we think all was going well, our prophet would be happy again, the very thing that made him happy disappeared! Jonah must have wondered what was going to happen next, and we can imagine that he would be angry about the worm.
But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the vine so that it withered.
This verse always makes me smile. Just when we think all was going well, and our prophet would be happy again, the very thing that made him happy disappeared!
Jonah must have wondered what was going to happen next, and we can imagine that as happy as he had been about the plant, he would probably be very irritated, even angry, about the worm.
This whole book of Jonah is telling us that God is very much Lord of creation, and that all that He created is still subject to Him. We have read about God’s control of the storm on the sea, the way it arrived suddenly and then stopped suddenly too. We have read about the fish which arrived from nowhere, the plant which grew from nothing. Following all of that we then read of the worm, and tomorrow we will read about the wind!
Much of science today is trying to tell us that creation is a myth, and that everything developed naturally, but if we study what they say, we will find that there are too many gaps in the process of evolution. Ask yourself today, that if some creatures developed into different species, then why didn’t they all develop. Why are there still monkeys who have not become human? Fish which don’t have legs?
Let’s ask ourselves today if we really acknowledge that God is Lord of His creation? Do we believe He could do today what He did in this story?
Read again Genesis 1-3, and pray for a new recognition of the Lord in His government of creation.
Praise Him for the wonders of His creation, ask Him to give you an encouragement that you will recognize today.
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