DAY 27 – J117HBy: Darrelyn L. TuttToday’s Meditation: Jonah 1:17–2:10
“Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. Then Jonah prayed unto the Lord his God out of the fish’s belly, and said, ‘I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord, and He heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and Thou heardest my voice. For Thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas, and the floods compassed me about: all Thy billows and waves passed over me. Then I said, I am cast out of Thy sight, yet I will look again toward Thy holy temple. The waters compassed me about, even to the soul; the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped around my head. I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me forever; yet has Thou brought up my life from corruption, O Lord my God. When my soul fainted within me I remembered the Lord: and my prayer came in unto Thee, into Thine holy temple. They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy. But I will sacrifice unto Thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that which I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.’And the Lord spoke unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.”Jonah 1:17-2:10-----Ladder Rung: J117HJ and H are the first and last letters of Jonah.Selection of words to aid in memory:Jonah’s Help.Jonah’s help arrived in the form of a fish, but Jonah’s hope lay in the strength of the Lord.1:17 is our reference.At 1:00 PM we’ll rehearse our passage x1.At 7:00 PM we’ll rehearse our passage once again and meditate on it through the evening hours.-----What a mystery God is in all of His ways and who can find Him out?Jonah, so tenderly loved by God, though he is desperate in his attempts to run away from God, is yet claimed and salvaged by God.God is not done with His man and He’s not done with His plan.Another prophet, more obedient, surely could have been secured … but God didn’t want “another” prophet.He wanted Jonah.The great fish spawned a yielding of spirit and wielded some days of experiential revival, and while Jonah was in the “heart of the sea and the belly of a fish,” he was also in the hand of God and in the center of His will.At the exact point of Jonah’s despair … is the turning point of his life through a prayer.The prayer is profound, moving, and inspiring.The prayer speaks to desperate moments and the salvation of God in those desperate moments.If you’ve ever felt yourself visited by the depths of hell, then a “prayer” emanating from it will be understood well by you.“When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the Lord.”Sometimes man’s memory serves him best in his affliction.I'm pretty sure we all, at some point, nod our heads in agreement with this reality.Hmmm …And God so loving and faithful,“And my prayer came in unto Thee, in Thine holy temple.”And the “fish” spits us out and we are not the same.We smell a little, but have a whopping truth to tell called a testimony, as a result.Our ability to recount and rehearse the "testimony" is what fills our life with purpose and power. How often we do it and with what diligence we do it, speaks to the kind of life we live through it, as a result.-----I wish Jonah’s heart could’ve stayed good and remained like it was in the fish … but it didn’t. Jonah’s self-pity, self-preservation, and pride, in the end (Jonah 4,) brought him to depths of despair deeper than a fish could ever take him, and leaves us with a significant question:Will we remain in an attitude of surrender and prayer when the trial is over and God has told the “fish” to spit us out?Will we remain intent in calling on Him,Confessing to Him,Communing with Him,And conducting ourselves in a way that gives credit to Him?Hmmm …This is the question of today:Where will we go from here?Reflect on Jonah, study his life, make your next move in a marked and deliberate way.-----Great and glorious Father,Let now Thy ears hear the request of Thy child:For prayerful, meaningful, and ongoing communion of soul and secret with Thee;For exploration of Thy graces to be just as extreme this moment as in the belly of the trial in the sea;Let my soul be drawn deeper and deeper to Thee.Let fervency mark the activity of my soul,And deliberate communion overtake both conduct and conversation.Let none steal from me, that which Thy hand has secured for me, of Thy great and unusual goodness.Let all those who fear Thy name,Be lifted to Thy goodness and granted Thy grace.Amen.
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