12.18.2016 – Old Testament: Jon 2.1–3
To read the Bible in a year, read Jonah on December 18, In the year of our Lord 2016
By Don Ruhl
When do most people turn to the Lord? Some turn to Him when they have experienced blessings, and they are so thankful for those blessings that they turn to the Lord and thank Him for the good things in their lives.
Most people turn to the Lord when they are desperate, such as Jonah, who attempted to flee from the Lord, because he did not want to do what the Lord told him to do. In the process, the Lord sent a terrible storm against Jonah and the ship on which he was taking his voyage. Eventually the sailors threw him overboard and the Lord sent a great fish to swallow Jonah.
Finally after three days, the prophet turned to the Lord in prayer,
Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from the fish’s belly. And he said:
“I cried out to the LORD because of my affliction,
And He answered me.
Out of the belly of Sheol I cried,
And You heard my voice.
For You cast me into the deep,
Into the heart of the seas,
And the floods surrounded me;
All Your billows and Your waves passed over me.”
Jonah became desperate and turned to the Lord, even acknowledging that he cried out to the Lord because of his affliction. And that was a good thing. Whether we turn to the Lord because we recognize His blessings, or turn to Him because of our problems, we have turned to Him and that is what He wants, and later we find that we wanted the same thing.
- Have you turned to the Lord?
- What brought you to the Lord?