READ JONAH ONE
Jonah is on the run – both from Nineveh and from God, from his call and from the calling One. And in today’s verses we find him in a boat headed for Tarshish.
What does the text tell us God does in verse four? Other than calling Jonah, this is the first action we see God take in the book of Jonah.
Identify the main verb. What is it?
Today we get to look at a fascinating Hebrew word. The word טוּל is the Hebrew word for “hurled,” and it is going to become a center point of our study over the next few days. The Lord God doesn’t just stir up a storm, but He hurls a storm at the ship carrying Jonah away to Tarshish. The verb is packed with power, and should give us an insight into just how tempestuous this storm would have been! Just as God took the initiative in the first verse of the book, God is taking the initiative again in preventing Jonah from running away in disobedience.
What does this reveal about God’s character?
God is stopping Jonah in his tracks. Jonah may run, but he cannot run far from his God. Though it may not seem like it, this is a great display of God’s faithfulness to Jonah. By hurling the storm at the vessel of Jonah’s disobedience, God is faithfully calling Jonah back to repentance. God is being faithful to Jonah, even when Jonah is unfaithful to Him.
Has God been faithful to call you to repentance when you stubbornly went your own way?
Are there any areas of rebellion in your own life in which God is persistently calling you back to Himself?
PRAY & REFLECT
Spend some time confessing any rebellion in your life to God. Ask Him to forgive you, and thank Him that He is faithful even when we are unfaithful.