Today's Scripture Meaning
Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Jonah
Date Penned: BC 785-760
Overview: Jonah's calling shows God's Sovereignty (c 1-4)
Theme: Jonah Forsakes His Mission (c 1-2)
Message: Jonah Prays Inside a Fish (v 1-17)
Jonah: Chapter 2 Commentary
(2:1) This is a prayer of thanksgiving, not a prayer for deliverance. Jonah was simply thankful that he had not been drowned. He was delivered in a most spectacular way and was overwhelmed that he had escaped certain death. Even from inside the fish. Jonah's prayer was heard by God. We can pray anywhere and anytime and the Lord will hear us. Your sin is never too great or difficult for God.
(2:2-7) Jonah said "When my soul fainted within me I remembered the Lord" Often we act the same way. When life is going well we tend to take God for granted, but when we lose hope, we cry out to him. This kind of relationship with God can result only in an inconsistent, up and down spiritual life. A consistent, daily commitment to the Lord promotes a solid relationship with Him. Look to the Lord during both the good and bad times, and you will have a stronger spiritual life.
(2:8) Those who worship false gods are abandoning any hope for mercy from the Lord. Any object of our devotion that replaces God is a lying vanity. We deceive ourselves with something that is ultimately empty and foolish. Make sure that nothing takes God's rightful place in your life.
(2:9) Jonah was obviously not in a position to bargain with God. Instead, he simply thanked the Lord for saving his life. Our troubles should cause us to cling tightly to God, not make an attempt at bargaining our way out of the pain. We can thank him and praise him for what he has already done for us, and for his love and mercy. It took a miracle of deliverance to get Jonah to do as God had commanded. As a prophet, he was obligated to obey God's Word, but he had tried to escape his responsibilities. He now pledged to keep his vows. Jonah's story began with a tragedy, but a greater tragedy would have happened if God had allowed him to keep running, When you know God wants you to do something, don't run, you cannot outrun the Lord.