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Therefore, we praise Him for who He is.

Blog1Sophia Lorena Benjamin

A boat wobbles on the stormy waves, lots are drawn and a man is thrown into the sea.

A large fish swallows the man into its belly, then, vomits him onto the shore. A creeper grows suddenly to bring shade and shelter to Jonah. And then a worm eats up the creeper and destroys Jonah’s safe dwelling place against the sweltering sun.  Animation based Biblical stories. At Sunday school, during church sermons and especially during vacation bible study; Jonah is one of the most popular story to enthrall both adults and kids. It’s a very common story that everyone draws upon ever so often. It’s Funny. Easy to read and preach about.  It’s funny because it gives you the opportunity to imagine Jonah landing into the belly of a fish; a silly habitat for a man once conceived and nurtured and  purposed, as Jeremiah says,  in his mother’s belly.

Through the story we find a disobedient man landing himself in strange and silly situations as a result of trying to avoid an instruction from God. Though, he has a few excuses to try and reason why he chose to change direction; (Tarshish preferred to Nineveh). But why? It’s not because of sin, not because of people but his main reason of trying to escape is God.

Although refusing God’s call, it’s quite touching to find Jonah proclaim the true nature of God.

 But to Jonah this seemed very wrong, and he became angry. He prayed to the Lord, “Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. Now, Lord, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.”

Jonah 4 New International Version (NIV)

As the psalmist said ‘Let everything that has breath praise the Lord’ And Habakkuk determines to praise him even when the fig tree fails to blossom.

Miracles may come and go. Man will fall and rise again or rise and fall again. But God  promises in His word that He changes not, though the only time He changed his mind was when He chose to find a way for man to escape the punishment, nailing it instead on the cross of calvary.

Heaven and earth shall pass away but every word He promises will be fulfilled.

Therefore, we praise Him for who He is.

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