“Now the Lord had arranged for a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was inside the fish for three days and three nights.” – Jonah 1:17
Let me ask you a question: What is it going to take for God to get your attention? Jonah found himself in the belly of a whale before God had officially gotten his attention. But you know what? It doesn’t matter. No matter where you are or what you do, God will do whatever it takes to get our attention!
As we said yesterday, you cannot outrun God. If God has a special purpose and plan for you (good news: He does!), then He will move heaven and earth to make it happen. And nothing you do can destroy God’s plan. You can’t “out sin” God’s grace. You cannot run from God because He will do whatever it takes to get your attention and get you back on track pursuing His will.
There is no extreme too extreme for God. He loves you too much! God is willing to do whatever it takes to get your attention, and in those moments, He gives us the opportunity to make our decision. Will we continue to run from God, or will we finally repent and turn to God? In the belly of the whale, Jonah made his decision.
Jonah prayed a prayer of repentance. See, God can take bad things and use them for good. That was definitely the case for Jonah. Being swallowed by a fish sounds like a bad thing to me. Being vomited by anything sounds terrible to me. But being swallowed and being vomited ended up being Jonah’s salvation and deliverance.
There is no place too far for God to go. He will do whatever it takes to bring you back to Him. Aren’t you thankful that you serve a God that loves you too much to let you ruin your life? Thank the Lord today for His endless, never-ending grace and love!