Can you run away from God?
The author of the Book of Jonah shocks us by starting with Jonah defying God’s direct command, “Go to Nineveh.” No Hebrew prophet had ever done such a thing! Did Jonah think that God would not care?
The Lord provides the instruction for us and for Jonah, but how we respond is a reflection of our own spiritual maturity. Looking at Jonah is seeing our reflection in the mirror. What is God saying to us through the illustration of Jonah?
A Giant Fish as a Prayer Closet
What revelations did Jonah have inside the belly of the whale (which was actually a large fish) that caused him to repent? What lesson did he learn that made him say, “Salvation is from the Lord” (Jonah 2:9b)?
Trials and testing reveal our true character. Through Jonah’s trials and tests, we may very well learn about our own.
Our Comfort or God’s Commands?
The final chapter of the Book of Jonah reveals Jonah’s narrow worldview contrasted with God’s expansive one. Jonah seems to be saying, “I told you so!” In other words, Jonah thinks he knows more than God. In response to Jonah’s anger, God asks him, “Do you have any good reason to be angry”(Jonah 4:4a; 9a)? However, rather then self-reflection, Jonah runs to the hills.
We find no storybook ending here. There is no record of repentance or attitude change on Jonah’s behalf. Instead, the author leaves us without closure. Is the ending meant for us to probe our own depths in self-examination (Psalm 139:23–24)?
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