Sunday, August 2, 2015
In the Belly of a Fish
Daily reading: Jonah 2:1-10
August 2, 2015
Focus scripture: Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from the belly of the fish. Jonah 2:1
In three days time, inside the belly of a fish, Jonah does all that he is able to do. He prays to God and over three days of being in complete darkness, Jonah returns to God.
Jonah is in a small, dark, stinky gross place and this illustration reminds us that repentance isn’t easy, especially for those who like to run from God. Repentance can be messy and uncomfortable, it may be for us just like being in the darkness of a fish’s stomach. It is the place where Jonah comes to terms with his sin, his brokenness and his frailty.
Jonah is willing to give God a second chance, knowing that God will offer him one: Which by itself is so powerful, but also laced within this story is an understanding of second chances is this question for us and for Jonah, “what does it mean to believe in a God that won’t give up on you?”
Prayer: God thank you for never giving up on me, I pause embrace the wideness of your mercy and the depth of your love. Amen.
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