“Your Salvation Comes From the LORD!”(Jon.2).
“If there is a man to pray, there is a God to answer.” We can consider this a clichè, but it is still meaningful. God makes ninety-nine steps towards us, but expects us to make the one step to get what he offers. When he provided Manna to the children of Israel, they had to make the effort of going out to gather the prescribed quantity to feed the family for the day. (“One day at a time”, you may say, and you will be correct.)
Even if he sets a miraculous table of dainties before us, he expects us to take the food to our mouths and chew so as to digest.
One way of doing this is through prayer. Yesterday we read that “the LORD provided a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was inside the fish three days and three nights.” This is to say God had planned Jonah’s salvation beforehand.
That notwithstanding, right in the belly of the fish, Jonah raised his voice in prayer. In his prayer he recognised the saving power of God. He recognised that “those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs.” Very importantly he also recognised that “Salvation comes from the LORD.”
Yes my friend, keep this in mind:The LORD will not take you to where his grace and mercy will not keep you.” He will lift you out of any quagmire situation that threatens your life. And he will keep you safe until you fulfil the mission he has assigned you to execute – whatever that assignment may be.
Another lesson of importance: When faced with grave danger, do not wait for your pastor, priest or Wo/Man of God to pray for you. At such moments, be your own prayer warrior. It is called, “priesthood of all believers.”
At the end of the day, and at the end of your prayer God will command your protective fish to vomit you on dry land as he did with Jonah! Don’t stop praying to the LORD because “salvation comes from the LORD!”
Prayer: Holy Spirit help me to to make good my vows because my salvation comes from the LORD. Amen!
Have a blessed day! Peace be with you!
Rev Babila Fochang.