Today’s Verse, Jonah 2:2
Saturday, October 28, 2017
He said: “In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help, and you listened to my cry.”
Reflections on Today’s Verse
After he has gone through, there seems to be an indication here that Jonah is surprised God heard him. The repetition of the fact that “He answered me,” “You did hear my voice” indicates that Jonah was amazed God would listen to him. When the text says Jonah cried from the “depth of Sheol” it means either Jonah was dead and in Sheol or it means he considered the fish to be his abode of the dead, commonly known as Sheol, the fish was his grave.
Jonah could have given up. He could have blamed God—but he prayed. This was the beginning of a wonderful new, restored relationship. When people are in rebellion, they stop praying. Distressful situations are situations ripe for prayer.
Some people are all hung up on things like posture and place in prayer Some say, “You have to be in a holy building!” Well, Jonah’s IN A FISH! What’s more some say that when we pray, “You have to have your eyes closed – hands clasped – on your knees!” Again, Jonah’s in a fish
What’s the point? We can go to God anywhere, anytime—all by grace and the person and work of Jesus Christ in the Gospel. Posture that matters is bowing of the heart
You see, God puts Jonah into a situation that forces him to cry out like this knowing that He is going to respond to that cry He has forced! Jonah will tell us at the end of this chapter how he prayed and how God answered (2:3-6 is kind of like a parenthesis) describing his ordeal in the sea “This is how I ended up in the fish”
Finally, notice who he says was in control of all this–God’s Sovereignty. Our prayerlessness doesn’t make God less sovereign, but it will sure make it feel that way. Yet, an optimistic view of the world is rooted in the belief that, because God is sovereign, ultimately, all is well.
What truths or non-truths are holding you up today?
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Father, thanks for catching the cares we cast. Thank you, also, for taking the weariness we bring and giving strength in our weakness. Father, thank you that nothing we did today either diminished nor intensified your love for us. Your love is unwavering & everlasting. Be praised today! In Jesus’ name. Amen.