God bless you,
Today I will write you about Jonah. It is often God ask us to do something, or He proves or obedience towards Him and we neglect Gods request. It is usual that when we don’t listen to God, obey Him things intend to go bad/wrong. When things goes wrong and we tried every other option there was to escape and deviate from the original plan, than we remember and recognise God for whom is really is. Sometimes we do things expecting that God will do something in return, but it doesn’t work that way. You have to work for God without expectations, that God will do something in return. God always reward us for the good we do. But He will do this in His perfect timing and not in the time we think we need it.
Lets take a look at the scripture what it is telling us about Jonah:
The bible tells us that the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying; Arise and go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me. But as for Jonah he flee from the presence of the Lord. He planned to go to Tarshish, Jonah knew a ship that was going to that direction so he paid thereof and get up into the ship. (this was so he could escape from the presence of the Lord) Now it came to pass that the Lord sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken. Everyone on the ship was afraid, the mariniers were afraid and called upon the people to cry out to their gods for help. But nothing happend and they decided to cast lots to see whom fault it was that they were in middle of that mess. The lot fell upon Jonah. The interrogated Jonah by asking Him where he came from, who his god was. Jonah told them he was a Hebrew and that he feared the Lord, which hath made the sea and the dry land. the man knew than that he fled from the presence of the Lord. They ask what they should do. Jonah told them that they had to throw him in the seam but the people would rather put him on dry land. But the storm was against them the ship wouldn’t make it to the land. They didn’t have an option but to throw Jonah into the sea. When the did so, the wind ceased and the glorified God and offer Him a sacrifice. But for Jonah God prepared him a big fish, the fish swallowed him and he stayed in the belly of the fish for three days and three nights. (Jonah 1)
And the bible kept telling us about Jonah in chapter 2 that while in the belly, Jonah prayed; He recognised God for Whom He was, he pored his heart out to God and God listened. (Jonah 2)
After 3 days and 3 night the big fish spit Jonah out on the land and the word of the Lord came for the second time to Jonah. Jonah task remained he hath to go tell the people of Nineveh that if they don’t change their habits, lifestyle that their wickedness will become them. When the people of Nineveh heard this they believed God and change their ways. God saw this. (Jonah 3)
God was good for them merciful and gracious. God spared them and gave them an other opportunity. But Jonah was angry, because he went through all of that for God to change ‘the plan”. He saith it’s for me better to die than to live, this he saith twice and it came to pass that Jonah stayed angry at God until death he saith. (Jonah 4)
This is a resume of Jonah chapter 1 till 4. Jonah wouldn’t obey God, he fled from the presence of God. Everything went wrong; first the winds secondly he was thrown overboard and third he was captive in the belly of a big fish for three days and three nights. After this he recognised God and prayed to God and God heard him. God give him and second chance to prove himself. God was merciful all along. But things went wrong because Jonah expected something of God knowing God is God and He will do whats best. So at the end Jonah was the one who came to perish because of his gourd.
I hope you learned a lesson out of this story. God is God. He has the last word in everything.
With loving regards,