Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the fish’s belly. And he said:
“I cried out to the Lord because of my affliction,
And He answered me.
Out of the belly of Sheol I cried,
And You heard my voice.”
Jonah ran away from God. He was afraid of doing the thing he knew God wanted him to do so he went in the opposite direction.
Jonah’s disobedience caused problems for the people around him, but when things got really bad, he admitted it and tried to fix things by having them throw him in the ocean. Jonah found himself in the disgusting belly of a whale. For three dank days, Jonah sat in the whale.
He then cried out to the Lord with trust and thanksgiving and God heard him and delivered him.
Ninevah was a troubled city, like much of the world today, but God delivered Ninevah, through Jonah’s eventual obedience and the responsiveness of the city to his half -hearted message. When events in the world seem wicked and frightening, we pray, knowing that even in the belly of the beast, God hears us and will deliver us.
God hears us in our personal afflictions, even when we’ve run from him and are trapped in unpleasant circumstances. He hears us and He delivers us, although sometimes that delivery feels like being vomited up from the depths of a monster!
Lord, thank you, I know like Jonah that when I am most afraid, I can call on You and You will listen to me and deliver me.