When the Fish Has Finished
Jonah 2:9-10 – But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD. And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.
I encourage you to take the time to read all four chapters of the book of Jonah. God had given Jonah a specific assignment. He was to go to Nineveh, bring the light of God, and lead the people to repentance. But keep in mind, Jonah had been raised as a staunch enemy of the Ninevites. He held a strong hatred for them. In today’s language, one would call Jonah a racist. It was, at the beginning, Jonah ‘s hatred for the people of Nineveh that he used as an excuse for disobeying God and running from His will.
But God had different plans, and placed a great fish in Jonah’s path of disobedience. The fish swallowed Jonah, and it was there, in the fish’s belly for three days and nights, that Jonah came to a place of repentance, after which, the fish vomited Jonah up, and it was at that point he chose to carry out in obedience, God’s plan. And once Jonah was freed from the fish’s belly, he took a walk.
Now I offer you what some might call food for thought. I think it to be wise spiritual counsel. First, I ask you, are you walking in the will of the Lord at this moment? Or is it possible that you may be choosing to walk in some way in disobedience with His plan for your life? I’m not asking this question to bring any kind of condemnation upon anyone. Rather, I want every reader to see that while we have all walked contrary to the Lord’s will at some time, if we will repent, we can still walk in the victory God intended. Keep in mind that God is “no respecter of persons” (Acts 10:34). The arresting power He used to bring Jonah back into His plan is available to each of us. The question is, will we repent when we have turned back on Him?
If, as Jonah did, we repent, the next step is to take that walk. To awaken to righteousness, obedience, and faith, and sin not. It is to go to that place of service to which the Lord has called us. If you’re already walking in that place to which the Lord has called you, be content, but never satisfied, for we should always be growing in our walk to finish our work. If, at this time, you know you are not walking in that place to which the Lord has called you, repent; repent now. And put on your walking shoes; your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Then take a walk.
Manna for Today – Psalm 1:1-6; 1 John 1:7-9; Jonah 1-4