Jonah 2:1-10 (1): From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. (NIV)
When God told Jonah to go to Nineveh, he refused and went the opposite way to board a ship from the port of Joppa to Tarshish. While on the journey, the Lord caused a terrible wind which threatened to break the ship apart. To summarise, the sailors identified Jonah as the reason for their turbulence; hence, they threw him down the sea and immediately, peace was restored (Jonah 1:1-17).
Many tragedies that occur in a bus, cruise ship, aeroplane or workplace, among others, might be because of one fellow who is labelled for destruction. For example, if the crew didn’t throw Jonah out, they all would have perished. Therefore, we ought to watch out for people with Jonah-like disobedience, so we don’t innocently suffer for their sake (sins). I pray! Every Jonah in the boat of your life, career and marital destiny shall expire, in Jesus’ name.
Beloved, examine yourself today—are you a Jonah? In that, when you involve yourself in a project, it starts to crumble, or you noticed that your arrival at a place would typically signal a hostile atmospheric condition. If these and other things apply to you, it’s time to reflect and pray! Perhaps, you have sinned against God for which He wants you to repent as Jonah did in our text. Confess your iniquities and be saved (1 John 1:5-10).
Hymn: Trust and Obey – John H. Sammis (1887)
1. Every Jonah assigned to rock my boat, receive redirection. But, if I’m the Jonah, Father, please forgive and cleanse me.
2. I refuse to be a victim of circumstance, and my loved ones shall not die nor suffer for the atrocities of others.
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