One night after wondering what to read, I decided to read the book of Jonah. I don’t know why I felt pulled to it, but I decided to heed the desire and do it. I love the bible because it tells of the character of God. Here is what I learnt from the book of Jonah; I learnt of myself... the Jonah in me
But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.
I think of how many times knowing what was desired of me, purposely gone the opposite way. I look at Jonah’s story and say, “if God ever called me to do something, I would run to it immediately. But do I need to physically hear God’s voice to have this passion?. Knowing the word of God is hearing the word of God and we should be quick to do everything the bible states.
Then said they unto him, Tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil [is] upon us; What [is] thine occupation? and whence comest thou? what [is] thy country? and of what people [art] thou?
And he said unto them, I [am] an Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry [land].
Jonah knowing fully well that he was disobeying the word of God was still bold enough to say that he was a worshipper of the living God. It reminds me of how at times I act “holier than thou” while still struggling with my own sin. Every time I see a unsaved person sin and I shake my head in contempt; while forgetting the mercy I was so freely granted, and the sins I am still struggling with; at these times, I act like Jonah… saying one thing while living another. God please give me the spirit of humility and compassion to my fellow man.
And he said unto them, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be calm unto you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest [is] upon you.
How many times are we in the wilderness and actually admit or acknowledge that the wilderness was caused by us. We are so quick to lament and ask God “Why are you doing this to me” but if we sit still in quietness, we might see that some wildernesses are of our own creation.
Then the men feared the LORD exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the LORD, and made vows.
From the time we admit the Lord Jesus as our savior, we have people watching us. At the scariest time of Jonah’s life, he had people watching him and it was the way he conducted himself in this “wilderness” that made the other men, “fear the lord, offer sacrifices and make vows”. It should be our goal to always remember that we represent God in every moment of time; both highs and lows.
Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.
Like the bible says, there is absolutely nothing that can separate us from the love of God It was a thing of great beauty to see that God is a God of second chances. Here in the third chapter after the whole issue with Jonah running, the boat and the whale, God still gave Jonah another chance to do what he originally requested him to do. This to me was an act of forgiveness and of love. Obeying God this time forever marks Jonah’s name in the book of the bible; and because he now chose to obey, he is recorded forever in the book of life. God didn’t need him to go; God could have raised another man to take Jonah’s place but it pleased God to “go” after Jonah to call him back into God’s presence because he is a loving God. Even when Jonah was in the belly of the whale, God was with him, listening to his prayers.
I wonder if I will ever be able to fully comprehend how much my God loves me...
...musings from atop the potter's wheel