Now Yahweh’s word came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach against it, for their wickedness has come up before me.”
(Jonah 1:1-2 WEBA)
God told Jonah to go and evangelize at Nineveh; which was a city of great sin much like Sodom and Gomorrah was. This is being simple task that was asked of him, yet what did Jonah do? Well he ran away from God’s wish; he fled by boat to Tarshish (Jonah 1:3). So why did he fear going to where he was told by God to go? Well let’s look at our own lives, why do we fear talking to others today about God?
- Their Opinions on us
- Lack of Confidence
Those are three good reasons to why we fail to speak to others in our day and time. Should we; yes, without a doubt, we should speak of God to others and spread the word. Even to other Christians we should speak to them. Far too many Christians today are falling victim to a life of being Lukewarm and that is not good, and far too many are staying outside of the spirt in the flesh. Is it scary to talk to people we do not know? Yes, it is and we can do it. Jesus said that the Holy Spirt will take you over and give you the words to speak, so we do not have nothing to fear when we go out and speak life to the world.
2 God Moves Us
But Yahweh sent out a great wind on the sea, and there was a mighty storm on the sea, so that the ship was likely to break up.
(Jonah 1:4 WEBA)
So when we decide to not do what God wants us to do he then takes it upon his will to make us move. He does not do it to hurt us in anyway, but to move us. So we see in verse 4 that God sent a storm to break the ship up. Now how many storms have you had in your life? From losing a job, ending a relationship, losing a home, and things like that. See God knows what is best for us and when we do not move he does the moving for us. That sounds bad but it is true love, like when your parents would spank you for breaking the rules, it is hard and it hurts but out of love it must be done. In verse 15 we see that the crew members toss Jonah off of the ship and into the stormy waters.
3 Places to Rest
Yahweh prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
(Jonah 1:17 WEBA)
God prepared Jonah a place to rest and that was inside of the belly of the fish, why? Well he didn’t want Jonah to drown at sea, and at the same time he wanted him to know the errors of his way. So in 2:1 we see Jonah pray to God: “Then Jonah prayed to Yahweh, his God, out of the fish’s belly.” (Jonah 2:1 WEBA). When he prayed he admitted his faults to God and laid down his affliction too God. See that is what we have to do, if God has moved us then we should lay down our troubles to God and give him control of our fate. When we lose our house and move back in with our Grandparents or parents that is like we are trapped in the belly of the giant fish. So how do we get out of that?
- Prayer, pray to God and admit our faults.
- Lay down our burdens to him
- Become obedient to his will
So when Jonah did those things God did what? Well he spoke to the fish and had the fish vomit Jonah onto dry land. See God may have us in a “belly” but he has a solid place for us to head when we admit our faults.
Yahweh’s word came to Jonah the second time, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach to it the message that I give you.”
(Jonah 3:1-2 WEBA)
This time we see Jonah obeyed God and did what he wanted. He entered the city of Nineveh and everyone their turned from there old way and wore sackcloth including the king. Yet it made Jonah mad and prayed to God to die, yet God did not let him die and showed him a vine as a parable for what he should worry about. See it was a simple task, as soon as Jonah arrived the city turned from sin and avoided a disaster and that was all Jonah had to do, was preach the message God wanted him to do. See in our lives God wants us to do things as well, you lost your house well maybe God needed you in another city our had a better promise for you. God always has a promise for us weather we are a sinner or a saint. It is just that the promise of a Saint is greater than that of a sinner, a sinner has the promise of death and the lake of fire. The Saint has the promise of life and the Kingdom described by Jesus as the place of many mansions. Where do you want to go? Heaven or hell, well I hope heaven and to get there you just need to accept Jesus and stick to the path God leads you on.
If you would like to ask for forgiveness, do so with a true heart and just pray a prayer for example
God, am a sinner. I want to seek you, and be your vessel
Jesus you are the savior of the world and I want you to be my savior
Please lord forgive me of the sins I have committed and the errors of my life.
You can pray what comes to your heart though, the Holy Spirt knows before you even bow your head. If you would like to speak more about God because it is always good to have someone to speak with, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org .