Jonah 2018 | DAY XXX

READ JONAH TWO

We’ve spent the whole week looking at Jonah’s prayer from inside the fish. Today, we’re going to see God respond, but before we do, let’s suspend our knowledge of what happens next. For just a few more minutes, let’s sit in the darkness and surrender that Jonah experienced.

Read Jonah 2:1-9 aloud. Name several of the emotions that Jonah has experienced.

 

How does Jonah’s prayer end?

 

What is significant about this?

Read verse 10 aloud. Who takes the initiative in this verse?

 

God has heard Jonah’s prayer! Even when Jonah felt so distant from God – likely further separated from His presence than he could have ever imagined – God heard his prayer. We cannot miss the shocking nature of this little verse! Here is Jonah, in the bottom of the ocean, running from his call and the Calling One, in the stomach of a sea creature, and reciting the Psalms of his people. And God responds!

Friends, we are never so far from God that He cannot hear our prayers. Jonah himself thought he had gone down into Sheol (the Jewish concept of hell), but God still heard his prayer of repentance. Through Christ, the same is true for me and you. You can be running from God and stuck in your sin, but you are never more than a prayer-breath away from God. Praise Him!

Who does God speak to in verse 10?

Does anything strike you as odd about this?

God has heard Jonah’s prayer, but God speaks to the fish. I don’t want us to read too much into this, but it does strike me as interesting that God doesn’t speak directly to Jonah, His prophet. God is not giving Jonah the “silent treatment,” but I think He is waiting to speak to Jonah until just the right time. We’re going to look at God’s first words to Jonah next week, but for today, let’s marvel in this: God is sovereignly overseeing all of His creation. God is not just speaking to prophets and kings, but to fish. The entire story of the book of Jonah proclaims that God is at work in every corner of His creation: through disbelieving and disobedient prophets, unbelieving sailors and captains, sea waves and storm clouds, and the creatures in the sea. We serve a very big God, friends.

PRAY & REFLECT

Spend some time considering all the ways God is at work in creation. Praise Him for His power! Praise Him that He hears you when you pray.

Author: amygannett

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