Saturday, November 15, 2014 | Day 7 of 30
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.” Psalm 32:8
“I sought the Lord, and he answered me, he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.” Psalm 34:4-5
I’ve heard the story of Jonah and the great big fish that swallowed him – but this was the first time I felt like God wanted me to read about this prophet. I can really relate to Jonah. When his son came to him and gave him the word from God about going to Nineveh and preaching, I probably would have done the same thing as Jonah and ran away. Heck yeah I would of. Straight into the freakin belly of a great fish.
I could write so much about what I learned about God in this story, but I think what is most important for me, was seeing what God did to his chosen one. He gave Jonah a word so important that it saved thousands of people. Jonah might of had an idea that this would happen but I don’t think he really knew to what extent his obedience would have. Jonah, like I would have, thought about himself first and his own comfort. Not about the work that God specifically chose him to do.
Freakin radical obedience.
Jonah’s prayer in the belly of the fish is so beautiful. I especially love:
“Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs, but I with a song of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you.” Jonah 2:8-9
Humans, thats who God uses to do his work.