Jonah 2:1-10. Jonah was asked by God to go to Nineveh, which was the most important city in Assyria. God told Jonah to tell the people of Nineveh of God’s judgement because He saw their wickedness. Jonah was afraid they would repent if he talked to them. However, Jonah went in the opposite direction and through a series of circumstances, found himself in the belly of a big fish. He was feeling disillusioned and hopeless. Maybe be careful when you do not listen to God. Could have a fishy experience!!
Jonah called out to God and thought He was near death and would never be in God’s presence again (2:4-5). Yet God does hear his cry, recues him from the fish and responds (2:6). When hope was gone Jonah turned to God. I remember I worked 12-hour night shifts for about 32 of 33 days and thought the shifts would never end. I also had one hour driving each way every day. I also cried to God and He answered me and gave me endurance. When we pray, we may not always receive the answer we were looking for.
God did answer my prayer. Have you ever felt hopeless and cried out to God? God does hear our prayers (2:7). He may not answer with how we would answer but this is how our faith grows by trusting in Him. During this week, meditate on 2:7, remembering God will respond. His response to Jonah was to save him (2:10). Jonah then obeyed and did want the Lord commanded. Seek Him because you are never alone.