Archive for May 2nd, 2017

“…..the LORD provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord His God.” (Jonah 1:17 – 2:1).

Having been thrown into the sea by the sailors, Jonah is then swallowed by a huge fish.  From the frying pan into the fire!  Why would God do this?  As we read on we find that Jonah’s reaction is one of Thanksgiving!  Jonah is aware that his current situation is due to the fact that he has disobeyed God and run away from his calling.  Jonah realizes that his only hope is to turn back to God in prayer and thanksgiving that his life has been spared and God has not allowed him to drown.

Although we know that God is loving, graceful and always willing to give us a second chance, we learn from Jonah that it is always better to obey Him the first time round.  Running away from God does not work.

By the time we get to Jonah 2:8-9 we see that when Jonah proclaims “Salvation comes from the LORD” he is not just referring to God sparing his life by placing him in the belly of the fish, he was in fact referring to his eternal salvation. This is evident by his words in Verse 8 where he states “Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them.”  Jonah realizes that mankind needs to be saved from the wrath of God. God finally brought him to the point where he was willing to go to Nineveh and proclaim God’s message of repentance to his enemies.

The glory of the gospel is that the One from whose wrath we need to be saved is the very One who saves us. In saving us through the work of Christ on the cross, God is actually saving us from himself!

“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners – of whom I am the worst.” (1 Tim 1:15)

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom 5:8)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Prayer, Dear Lord, thank you that my salvation comes from you alone.  Thank you for loving me and drawing me near to you.  Thank you that my security and safety lie in your saving grace. Help me draw others close to You that they may see how great your love is for them.

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