So he said to them, “I am a Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.”
LORD Jesus, we praise You, our Creator. You have made heaven and earth and all that is in it. Enable us, O God we pray, to look unto You for guidance in all that we do and say. Teach us Your Way and keep us on it. Help us that we may put Your will before ours. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.
Have you ever read the story of Jonah? It will only take about seven to eight minutes to read all four chapters. This book is so relevant for our lives today. Let’s consider a few important points here:
The LORD speaks, and He wants us to act upon His Word. (Jonah 1:1-2; 3:1-2) He wants us to trust in Him. Do we have enough faith that where He sends us we will go; that what He tells us we will do? Often enough actions (yes, being gentle and quiet is an action) can be more convincing than words.
We are reminded that at times we neglect to do as we are told. (Jonah 1:3) What is it that God has told us to do but we resist and go our own way? Have we taken notice where we went wrong? Are we willing to change and do as we are told?
Where do we go and who do we cry out to when times get tough? (Jonah 2) The LORD gives grace to the humble. He does save His people from their sins. Salvation is of the LORD.
God is gracious, merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness. This part of the book also reminds us that as the LORD asked Jonah so will He do with us: “Is it right for you to be angry?” (Jonah 4:4) Jonah had been upset because, in the end, God had spared the people of Nineveh while he was told to tell the people that they would be overthrown.
Who was Jonah to question God’s command? Who are we to tell the LORD the right way? Who are you to — (fill in the blank)?
I have a problem to accept certain situations in my life. That’s when I bump into God and say: “Why did You sent this hardship? How come the sea is roaring and my ship is about to break? Shouldn’t people see that life is good for God’s people?”
Today’s verse (Jonah 1:9) spoke so clearly into my life, and I asked myself: Who am I?
I’m a Christian.
I fear the LORD.
My God is the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land — everything!
I kept on reading and making notes. Then I arrived at chapter four and asked myself: “Is it right for me to be angry?”
If I’m a Christian who fears the LORD and says that God is the most High who is above all (people, things, and situations) then what could be there for me to be upset about?
Trust in the LORD and do as He has told you in His Word.