Have you read the book of Jonah?Â Sure youâ€™ve heard about Jonah and the great fish, but to me it is really all about God.Â The book of Jonah tells me so much about Godâ€”His nature and His abilities.
1 â€“ God is very aware of what is going on in the world.Â He knows about the wickedness of mankind.Â See Verse 2 of Chapter 1.Â God knows everything.Â He knows our innermost thought and actions.Â MAY I ALWAYS REMEMBER THIS!
2 â€“ God notices and acts when His people donâ€™t follow instructions; see ChapterÂ 1, verse 3, when Jonah is disobedient and tries to flee from Godâ€™s presence.Â We see Godâ€™s power and control in verses 4 through 9 as He sends a terrible storm that thwarts Jonahâ€™s plans.Â LET ME ALWAYS FOLLOW THE HOLY SPIRITâ€™S URGING!
3 â€“ In a terrible situation, God prepared a way out.Â Jonah was tossed into the stormy sea. But, God prepared a great fish that swallowed Jonah.Â After being in the fish for three days, Jonah repented, prayed to God and was miraculously saved.Â (Verses 1:17 and 2: 1-10)Â THANK YOU, GOD, FOR YOUR PATIENCE; FOR SECOND CHANCES AND FOR MIRACLES.
4 â€“ Jonah, chapter 3, shows what God can and will do when we follow His instructions.Â God relented from His plans because of Ninevehâ€™s repentance.Â THANK YOU, GOD, FOR YOUR PROMISE IN 1 JOHN THAT WHEN I CONFESS MY SIN, YOU ARE FAITHFULÂ AND JUST TO FORGIVEÂ MY SINS.Â
Â 5 â€“ In Chapter 4, Jonah is displeased with Godâ€™s Grace and Mercy.Â Consider the Grace and Mercy God has shown us!Â MAY I ALWAYS CELEBRATE HIS GRACE (HE GIVES ME WHAT I DONâ€™T DESERVE), AND HIS MERCY (I DONâ€™T RECEIVE WHAT I DESERVE).