Saturday, August 1, 2015

Saved in the Storm

Daily reading: Jonah 1:4-17
August 1, 2015

Focus scripture: Meanwhile, the LORD provided a great fish to swallow Jonah.  Jonah was in the belly of the fish for three days and three nights. Jonah 1:17

What might God do to try and catch your attention? 

Or what does it take for God to do to stop you from running?

You see while the funniest part of the story might just be when Jonah is swallowed up by a fish, it is ultimately his salvation.  Grace is woven throughout this story, rather than God giving up on Jonah, God persists and remains with Jonah and provides him safety in the most unusual way.

What I find so wonderful about Jonah is that he is so ready to admit that God can strike up a storm for any reason, he fully believes in the power of God, so much so that he probably deep down inside believes strongly in the power of God to change him.  But he is not willing to allow God to show him what good can come out of him going to Nineveh, how that process might break down borders and help him to see the Assyrians as 
something other than enemies.   

We can be like Jonah.  We believe certain things about God in our heads, but don’t actually live our faith out in our actions, expecting to encounter God in our day to day living.

Prayer:  God help me to be open to experiencing your presence today.  Amen.

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