WEDNESDAY, JULY 18
“For You had cast me into the deep, Into the heart of the seas, And the current engulfed me. All Your breakers and billows passed over me. So I said, ‘I have been expelled from Your sight. Nevertheless I will look again toward Your holy temple.’ Water encompassed me to the point of death. The great deep engulfed me, Weeds were wrapped around my head.”
Jonah 2:3-5 NASB
WHALE LIFE: GOD’S TOOLS
“My five-year-old brother, was listening as my mother and I argued. When Mom told me that I was just going to have to live with the consequences, my brother Leigh piped up, “If Dory is going to live with the consequences, can I have her room?” – Dory Smith in Woman’s Day
In Jonah 2, Jonah was living with the consequences. He was living with the consequences of his decision to run from God. The word pictures he used to describe how he felt were powerful. Jonah felt engulfed, expelled, surrounded and like he was about to drown. And the pain that he felt caused Jonah to “look again” to God.
Unfortunately, we often don’t look back to God until we begin to feel the pain of our sinful choices. And so, by God’s grace, He sometimes uses the tool of pain to help us see our need for Him. What adjectives would you use to describe the pain you have felt from past sin? Can you look back now and see how God allowed the pain to have you look to Him? Ask God if there is an area of your life now where you are not looking to Him for leadership?