Jonah

God's Irresistible Salvation

“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.

God's Terrifying Grace

“Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, ‘Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.’ But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.” Jonah 1:1-3a

What terrifies you the most? Death, suffering, failure, loneliness? As scary as any one of those is by itself, Jonah was willing to experience all of them before he was willing to be used by God to extend grace to his enemy. God had a simple message He wanted to tell the great and wicked city of Nineveh, and he wanted Jonah to deliver it. But once Jonah received the message, rather than obeying God, he responded by attempting to run away from Him.