(Please consider taking a few minutes to read the book of Jonah to better understand the context.)
Jonah purposely chose to go in the wrong direction. He knew what he was supposed to do, and he did the opposite. He chose to go against the will of God. And he had consequences for his choices. As I was looking over his story, I noticed a few things that I had not noticed before:
Now the LORD had arranged for a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was inside the fish for three days and three nights. Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from inside the fish. (Jonah 1:17-2:1, NLT)
It was after Jonah had been in the belly of the fish/whale for three days and three nights that he finally prayed. (You can read Jonah’s prayer in chapter 2, verses 2 through 9.) Seriously!?! Why did it take him so long?
Then the LORD ordered the fish to spit Jonah out onto the beach. (Jonah 2:10, NLT)
It was after Jonah prayed that the LORD freed him from the depths. It was after Jonah reached his point of desperation and he humbled himself before the LORD. In the context it reads almost as if, as soon as Jonah had finished praying that the LORD ordered the fish to spit Jonah out.
Why does it take
us me so long to call out to the LORD?
Is it stubbornness and pride? Perhaps. Especially when I got myself into the mess. If only I could get past all of that, because God has promised that if I will call out to Him, He will answer. If I will humble myself, He will lift me up.
I have to become desperate for Him!
In my desperation I prayed, and the LORD listened; He saved me from all my troubles. (Psalm 34:6, NLT)
Have you reached desperation?
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