Jonah – seeking God’s mercy

imageHe [Jonah] said: ‘In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help, and you listened to my cry.
Jonah‬ ‭2:2‬ ‭(NIV)

Read: Jonah 2

Consider:  in the previous post we saw that Jonah had run away from God and that he couldn’t escape from God, no matter how far he ran.

Jonah 2 concerns Jonah turning to God and asking for mercy. It is worth noting that before Jonah prayed (2:2), God had already provided for his means of salvation (1:17).

Having been thrown overboard by the ships’s crew, Jonah’s situation seemed hopeless.  Despite this, God provided him with a means of escape.  There is no need here to get into debate about the fish used by God to rescue him.  It is sufficient to know that despite his hopeless situation, God provided for his salvation.

The second lesson Jonah had to learn was that even when things seem hopeless, God listens to a repentant heart and is willing to offer his mercy.

For us that means we are never too far from God, so as to be beyond his help.  In fact, God has already provided us with the means of salvation:

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
‭‭Romans‬ ‭5:8‬ ‭(NIV)

In the next post we will see how Jonah faces up to his fears and heads off to Nineveh.

Pray:  Lord, thank you for the demonstration of mercy you provide in the story of Jonah.  May I really know that whatever I may have done in the past, you offer salvation and forgiveness through your Son, Jesus Christ.  Amen

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