“The LORD Will Make The Best Of A Bad Situation For You!”(Jon.1:11-17).
As the see grew wilder the men asked Jonah what they should do. Jonah told them to pick him and throw into the sea and the sea will be calm. They tried to steer the ship to shore, but the see got even wilder than before.
“Then they cried out to the LORD, ‘O LORD, please do not let us die for taking this man’s life. Do not hold us accountable for killing an innocent man, for you, O LORD have done as you pleased.'” Then they threw Jonah overboard, “and the raging see grew calm.”
When this happened,“the men greatly feared the LORD, and they offered a sacrifice to the LORD and made vows to him.”
The LORD saved the life of Jonah by sending a great fish to swallow him up. And he was in the belly of the fish for three days and three nights.
We see Jonah as a prototype of Jesus Christ for voluntarily offering himself to save the lives of the people in the ship. Even though Jonah took an opposite direction, wanting to go to Spain instead of Nineveh, God still used him to convert all the men who were in the ship. In later days when the people asked Jesus for a sign, he gave them the sign of Jonah in the belly of the fish as a prototype of himself (Mt.12:38f).
When the sea was wild and the ship was about to break, each of the sailors cried to his own god. But when Jonah told them the God he served, and when they were about to throw him overboard, they now prayed to the LORD, Jonah’s God. And when the sea was calm again they greatly feared the LORD and offered a sacrifice to him. Hallelujah!
Jonah saved their lives at the expense of his own life. The lesson here is that when we realise that we are the cause of a people’s pain and suffering, we should own up and take ourselves out of the equation.
Above all, the LORD uses every situation to his own advantage and for the salvation of souls and to the glory of his own name.
My friend, whatever is the sea they throw you into, the LORD will send a great fish to save you. Stand firm and fear not!
Prayer: LORD, our times are in your hands. In faith i know that no matter how grave the danger, you will still save me. Amen!
Have a blessed day! Peace be with you!
Rev Babila Fochang.