Daily Reading: Jonah 2

“When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the Lord; And my prayer went up to You…”

Jonah 2:7a (NKJV)
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Abram and Sarai took amazingly bold steps in pure obedience to the Lord when they left their homeland and traveled by faith to the land promised to them. One can only imagine the numerous unanswered questions about this land they had never been to. God said it, they did it! Moses left Egypt with a mass of people, headed into the desert with only clouds to follow. What faith it must have taken, not knowing, yet simply believing. The faith Joseph demonstrated, years prior to going before the Pharaoh and boldly interpreting his dream by the leading of God, is an extremely powerful example.

You and I are called to no less faith as we walk with God everyday. You and I look back at that which we cannot see; that which we only read of. The believer in Jesus looks back at the life and example of Jesus, at the cross and the resurrection, and places complete trust in that which is heard and read in the Scripture. We can’t try to figure it out, we can’t “prove” it as a scientist attempts to prove things. Evidence clearly points to the validity of everything in the Word of the God. In all these things there is the supreme element of faith. Can we explain how One would rise from the dead, or cause another to rise from the dead? Faith is a key element in the life of the believer. It is not a blind faith, but it is faith!

Jonah chapter 2 ends with yet another event that is without explanation, an area in which we must walk by faith. How could a fish swallow Jonah for three days, and then spit him out by the command of the Lord? Take pause at those last five words, “the command of the Lord.” If we doubt the facts concerning the story of Jonah, we must pause to ask why. Remember our God is the one who created the heavens and the earth. It is by His wisdom that the human logic and scientific method were created. Everything that has been created was brought into being by the hand of God! Is it too much for the hand of God to freeze the universe and momentarily change the universe when the sun stood still? Was it too much for God to divide the Red Sea, or cause Sodom and Gomorrah to be removed from the face of the earth? For God to cause a fish to swallow Jonah and then spit him to dry land is really, if we are honest and consider the immensity of God, a small thing. Yet mankind doubts.

We have no need to doubt. Doubting is simply believing the lie that God is not able to do that which He says. If we are not convinced that God is supremely powerful over the physical, it will be difficult to believe He is powerful over the spiritual, and the deep things of the heart. Remember this, the God that caused the great fish to spit out Jonah is by your side to help you through the most difficult times. He will never leave you!

Matthew Elroy

Disciple of Jesus, Husband, Father & pastor.