By Staff Member, Katelyn S. Bolds
Have you ever had an argument with someone who clearly did something wrong, but had no idea? Many people believe they are righteous but are mistaken, because they don’t realize their own sinfulness! Jonah struggled with this oblivion. Even though he was a prophet and a man of God, Jonah fled God’s will, believing that would put an end to God’s calling. But this was not the case. Once Jonah was on a boat headed toward Tarshish, God sent an unnaturally fierce storm, which threatened to tear the ship apart. The sailors were terrified and cast lots to determine who brought the storm upon them. When the lots fell on Jonah, the sailors begged him to tell them how to calm the storm, and even prayed to the Lord instead of their gods. During all of this however, the Bible does not say that Jonah actually prayed himself!
Jonah approached God throughout his tale with bravado and pride. He did not acknowledge God’s power in his life, but saw only what he did and did not want to do. When Jonah recognized his sinfulness, he began the road to spiritual awakening. And only then, did he find peace from the storm of life.
“Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one—the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.” —C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters
“Throw me into the sea,” Jonah said, “and it will become calm again. I know that this terrible storm is all my fault.”
— Jonah 1:12 NLT
Prayer: God, forgive me for all the things that I have done wrong. Show me in what ways I am like Jonah. I wish to give you my all with a clean heart. Amen.