From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. He said: “In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help, and you listened to my cry. You hurled me into the depths, into the very heart of the seas, and the currents swirled about me; all your waves and breakers swept over me. I said, ‘I have been banished from your sight; yet I will look again toward your holy temple.’ The engulfing waters threatened me,[b]the deep surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head. To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you, Lord my God, brought my life up from the pit. “When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, Lord, and my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple. “Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them. But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’” And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.
When you run from God you find yourself in a dark void.
- You lose meaning
- You are useless
- You lose peace
- You negatively affect those around you
Your testimony is powerful
- You don’t have to be perfect
- It is God who convicts and moves not you
- God lays the groundwork
God pursues his children to the very depths of the earth
- You are not too far gone
- Your past doesn’t matter
- You still have a choice
While it may be hard to stand in the Divine presence at times, it is much harder when you flee.
- Divine presence is hard in the short term but easier in the long
- Running from divine presence is easier in the short term and harder in the long
Jonah represents what it looks like to run from God’s call. Jesus represents what it looks like to run towards God’s call.
- Peace over turmoil
- Sacrifice to save many over sacrifice to save a few
- Both storms represent God’s loving activity in this world. Both storms reveal his power and sovereignty over this earth.