When we read such a tittle, Jonah’s experience comes to mind. Yes, and it is so this time. In his running away from answering the call to Nineveh, Jonah was swallowed up by a great fish, God had prepared to save him from death. For three days and three nights in the living room of the fish’s belly, Jonah had time to reflect on his foolish decision, that of running away from his calling. The fish not only provided safety for Jonah, but also a prayer room. In that uncomfortable environment, Jonah bent his heart toward God and said: 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 (Jonah 2:2). Imagine for a moment how awkward that must have been for him, and for the fish too, not being able to digest him for those three days. He could not burp him; neither release him. And Jonah? well, we can just imagine by placing ourselves in his place. He was probably in a fetus position, not being able to move freely. A nightmare that lasted him like forever, so we would express ourselves. This great fish provided Jonah the means of transportation, too. For God directed it to take Jonah where he was supposed to go. That must have been a bumpy ride for several miles to his destination. But in the darkness of that fish, Jonah learned to call on the Lord for his salvation. The Lord, Who is compassionate and abundant in lovingkindness, heard Jonah’s cry for help. He commanded the fish to disgorge Jonah and it did. That must have caused Jonah to have a change of heart, and when the Lord coming to him a second time saying, Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach and cry out to it the preaching that I will tell you. So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh according to the word of the Lord (Jonah 3: 1-3a). Smelling like fish, Jonah sure had a story to tell others and encouraged all not to behave like him.
Every word of God is tried and purified; He is a shield to those who trust and take refuge in Him (Prov. 29:5). Life is most uncertain when we walk in our own understanding, without regarding God as part of the equation of our life’s plan. The Psalmist asks the question, What would have becoming of me…had I not believed that I would see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living? (Psalm 27:13)
What would the result be for my life if I disregarded God’s sovereignty over me? Do not lean on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight (Prov. 3:6-7). A sure future of hope and blessings waits those who fear and acknowledge God in all their doings. Although Israel for a long time in the reign of kings were without the true God, without a teaching priest, and without law, the Lord God in His mercy was always ready to save them in their distress when they sought Him with all their heart. King Asa started as a good and successful king; however, when he forsook the Lord to walk in his own way, even in his illness he did not seek the Lord, he was ripped of blessings and died in his rebellion. What became of him was the result of his own foolish action to forsake the Lord.