The Prophet Jonah expresses to be contrary to God’s sovereignty, even being His prophet. He defiantly went his way and disregarded God’s command to save lives. Jonah was confronted with the most unusual circumstance of all times. God, not only caused a great storm to rise up against him, but in his mercy He also provided a way out of the path of death for Jonah. A big fish He provided to give Jonah three days to reconcile with God’s command, and a place for prayer, where he would call on the Lord for deliverance. It was there that Jonah’s heart bowed down to God and humbly called on His name. This is what he reported: and I cried out of my distress to the Lord, and He heard me; out of the belly of Sheol cried I, and You heard my voice… When my soul fainted upon me, I earnestly and seriously remembered the Lord; and my prayer came to You, into Your holy temple… and the Lord spoke to the fish and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land (Jonah 2:7,10). Being vomited out of a fish stomach will teach anybody humility. But as for Jonah, he continued offended in God when God heard Nineveh’s cry with repentance and delivered them from his judgment announced by Jonah. God’s mercy reached even to a pagan nation when they acknowledged Him and called on His name for their salvation.
There is no better place one can say, “What would have become of me”? Than away from it all, in the silence of a desert or a valley, where tears are shed; where God’s voice is heard and where His comfort embraces us with hope saying, Be still, and know that I am God. “Blessed is the man who trusts in You” the psalmist said. This is a proclamation based on his experience in his many trials. Believing and trusting in the Lord gave him a sure deliverance. What would have happened to the Prodigal Son had he not returned to his father in brokenness of spirit and repentance? He would have died of hunger in the land where he wasted all his inheritance – the world. This is a picture of the condition of God’s child who left God’s way and never repented to come back to the heavenly Father. For the forgiveness and restoration of the Prodigal son in the parable of YAHSHUA, he had to repent and return to his father to be forgiven, restored and established into the family- a robe of righteousness, a ring- the seal of the Holy Spirit, sandals firming his steps into his position of a son of God symbolically speaking. “The Lord is close to those who are of a broken heart and saves such as crushed with sorrow for sin and are humble and thoroughly penitent. Many evils confront the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all” (Ps. 34:18-19). The Lord did not promise that we would not suffer trials, but He promised our deliverance of them all. The key lays on believing and trusting in Him to experience the fulfillment of His promises. “Blessed is the man who trusts in You.” Blessings are the results of trusting in the Lord. Had we not trusted in Him, we would have perished or succumbed to our trials. God’s promise stands firm for whose lives are committed to Him. “Commit your way to the Lord; trust also in Him and He will bring it to pass.” (Ps, 37: 5). Yes, whatever trial He will bring it to naught in our trust and confidence in Him.
The treasures written in God’s Word are more precious than any worldly treasure, for it directs to the need of the soul of man where the root of our emotions reside. These treasures, although everywhere, continue hidden from the eyes of man, because he has chosen to look for the source of his deliverance elsewhere. Meanwhile, nothing changes for him; his life submerged in trials goes deeper and deeper, just as Jonah’s when he was thrown out of the ship. The waters compassed me about, he said, even to [extinction of] life; the abyss surrounded me, the seaweed was wrapped about my head; I went down to the bottoms, and the very roots of the mountains; the earth with its bars closed behind me Forever… (Jonah 2:5-6a). But Jonah did the right thing at last- he prayed. The Lord then delivered him at his call for help. The Lord is still in the business of deliverance of those who seek Him, and He will do it for you, too. Then your song will arise in the morning, a song of thanksgiving to the One Who was always there for you ready to save, as a matter of fact, just a call away! His promise stands in His Word saying, He redeems the lives of His servants, and none of those who take refuge and trust in Him shall be condemned or held guilty (Ps.34:22). He is a sure fortress and a shield of protection for those who trust and believe in Him. Although the waters of trouble might rise high, the earth quakes causing them to lose their foothold, even then the Lord will show them His mercy, for the Word of God says, Many evils confront the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all (Ps. 34:19).
My friend, may your song be the one that expresses God’s sovereignty over your life in your days of adversities; and give you victory over them. Call on His name and He will command that “fish” to let go of you. Wait therefore for the Lord with expectation; your soul, He will restore and lead you in the way of His righteousness. The valley of death will be to you just a path to eternity, where you will rejoice at the table He has prepared for you, filled with goods to gladden your heart. Your time to sing has arrived in His presence, radiating the fullness of joy!
What will become of you in the end for trusting in the Lord, you will not be disappointed.