SUNDAY, JANUARY 8
Scripture: Jonah 1
Reading the prophets is amazing, especially when you get to Jonah. Jonah did not want the assignment he was given and needless to say, it was God’s dealing with him that is some of the greatest training in the Bible. The word God gave Jonah was amazing in itself, but what God did to get him ready is really the story to study. When Jonah resisted his assignment, God arranged the raging sea that the sailing vessel he was aboard faced. And in order to save themselves, the mariners had to throw Jonah to destruction. God arranged it all and what does that tell us about Him? When Jonah was in the ocean God had already prepared his transportation – he was swallowed by a whale. He was three days and three nights in the belly of a great fish. Deliverance came when he brought himself under the authority of God’s Word. The call of a prophet can be difficult, but running from the call can be even worse. Let us follow the call we are given lest the alternative be far worse!