Devotions out at Sea
|Jonah 2 (NKJV™)|
|1||Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from the fish's belly.|
|2||And he said: "I cried out to the LORD because of my affliction, And He answered me. "Out of the belly of Sheol I cried, And You heard my voice.|
|3||For You cast me into the deep, Into the heart of the seas, And the floods surrounded me; All Your billows and Your waves passed over me.|
|4||Then I said, 'I have been cast out of Your sight; Yet I will look again toward Your holy temple.'|
|5||The waters surrounded me, even to my soul; The deep closed around me; Weeds were wrapped around my head.|
|6||I went down to the moorings of the mountains; The earth with its bars closed behind me forever; Yet You have brought up my life from the pit, O LORD, my God.|
|7||"When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the LORD; And my prayer went up to You, Into Your holy temple.|
|8||"Those who regard worthless idols Forsake their own Mercy.|
|9||But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD."|
|10||So the LORD spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.|
New King James Version®, Copyright © 1982, Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.
When someone speaks impetuously, we say that it was a "gut reaction". This prayer of the reluctant prophet Jonah was also a "gut reaction," although in this case Jonah was reacting to the whale's gut rather than his own! Finally this guy is talking to God. He's learned a few things. We can learn a few things too.
Did you ever feel like you have gone too far or that God could never forgive you? This eight message series on Jonah is a refreshing reminder of the relentless love and grace that God showers upon His children, even when they don't go His way.
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