Last week we discussed how and why Job was going through his trials. It wasn’t because he’d sinned—no, it was because he was a righteous man. So we learned that not all trials and hardships come from something we did wrong or that God is angry with us. However, Jonah’s trials were different, because he was rebellious concerning God’s instructions.
In Jonah’s case…But the Lord sent out a great wind on the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship was about to be broken up.. (Jonah 1:4 NKJV) Because he was going in the opposite direction of God’s instructions. And though Jonah was fast asleep in the bow of the ship, everybody else was fearful and fighting to stay alive. (Jonah 1:5-9)
Ironically, Jonah knew he was the problem and admitted it. With his admission, gave the mariners the solution to their dilemma. (Jonah 1:10-12)
And they, too, found themselves in a very dangerous situation; until they obeyed the word of the prophet. Nevertheless, the men rowed hard to return to land, but they could not, for the sea continued to grow more tempestuous against them. Therefore they cried out to the Lord and said, “We pray, O Lord, please do not let us perish for this man’s life, and do not charge us with innocent blood; for You, O Lord, have done as it pleased You.” So they picked up Jonah and threw him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging (Jonah 1:13-15)
…he trusted God implicitly
But in Job’s case, despite what the enemy threw at him—he trusted God implicitly. Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped. And he said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.” In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong. (Job 1:21-22)
What do these examples have to do with depending on God? Job’s dependence on God placed him in a position to overcome his circumstances. Thereby realizing his need for repentance; which allowed him to enjoy the restoration of his losses by that same God. (Job 42:12-16) But Jonah’s rebellion, to go in the opposite direction of God’s instruction, placed him in the belly of a big fish praying to get out. (Jonah 2:1)
Although God gave Jonah a second chance, to do the right thing, he went through hell and high water the first time. Which happens to most of us. Because we become angered by frustrations or try to intellectualize our problems; instead of taking them to the LORD in prayer and waiting for an answer. Which, by the way, is a fantastic survival tactic.
The conclusion of the whole matter: First, you need to discern the situation you are in. Only you know if you were in right standing or rebellious. Next apply whichever strategy is required. Then recognize, regardless the circumstance or how long it may last, God is in control. And He will bring you out If you have the faith to believe and trust Him as He promised.
For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect (loyal) toward him. (2 Chronicles 16:9)
Prayer: Dear LORD, teach me to trust in You so that when the unexpected storms of life come, I will expect peace in the midst of those storms. Knowing that You are near. You hear my cries. You are with me and for me. In Jesus’ name. Amen
Until next week … Blessings and Peace.!
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