“Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the fish’s belly.” Jonah 2:1
After hearing complete silence from Jonah during his rebellious descent in chapter one, we finally hear his voice in chapter two. All it took was a storm so threatening it made a bunch of sailors lose their minds, and a fish so big it was able to swallow and house Jonah for three days and three nights. But at last, due to the circumstances God ordained, the prophet was back in communication with Him.
There really is no better indicator of our closeness with God than our prayer life. Oftentimes, when we allow there to be a prolonged silence between us and God, He will provide us with a “belly of the fish” situation in order to restore fellowship with us. Can you think of a time in your life when because of the situation you found yourself in you really couldn’t do anything but pray? I’m sure at the time you felt helpless so as a last resort you prayed to God for help, but now in hindsight do you think God ordained the whole situation in order to get you talking with Him again?
Oftentimes we don’t make the effort to get away from the things of this world and spend time praying and meditating on God. But because our Creator knows what we need more than we do, He will prepare situations for us where all we can do is sit there and pray. It may be uncomfortable, it may be dark and lonely, but if it gets us talking to Him again, it is for our best.
After learning about “God’s Terrifying Grace” last week in Jonah 1, join us this Sunday as we open Jonah 2 and discover “God’s Irresistible Salvation”. God bless you all and hope to see you there!