Study Material: Jonah 2:7
When my soul fainted within me I remembered the Lord: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.
When you read the story of Jonah’s disobedience and abandonment of duty, we sometimes fail to understand the reason. We know the story very well, and a friend of mine just quoted it to me this night. He was reminding me that no matter how difficult my assignment might be and no matter how the enemy would challenge me to abandon it, I must not be a Jonah. So reminding myself of Jonah, we saw that he was given a straightforward task. He was to go to Nineveh and warn them about their disobedience. Instead of carrying out the task, Jonah ran away. We know the events of this story, but there is a lesson that lies beneath which goes beyond the issue of obedience.
Jonah knowingly and willingly disobeyed God’s instructions and ran in the opposite direction. Why did he do that? He prayed to the LORD, "Isn't this what I said, LORD, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity” (Jonah 4:2). What Jonah was saying was that he knew that God was dependable in character and would not change His behavior.
He said, because I know you, I know that you will be merciful to Nineveh and at the end of the day, he felt that he would have been the one delivering a message of doom; but God would show mercy in the end. Isn’t that what even happened to himself? Jonah remembered God’s dependable mercy, and he cried out in prayer to Him after his disobedience (v7).
Take Home Lesson:: God’s dependability does not change because of our behavior or attitude. He remains the same loving and merciful God.
Homework: Join me today to cry out to God for mercy, compassion, provision, protection and help in every area of your life and for every assignment that He has given to you.