Words from the Heart for Saturday September 22nd, 2018
Then the Lord ordered the fish to spit Jonah out onto the beach.
Jonah 2:10 (NLT)
Onto the Beach
Only a Creator God could “order” His creation sent to rescue Jonah to now deliver him to the shore. It is a repentant Jonah who arrived to that beach with a new understanding of God. He goes on to Nineveh with a message that will bring rescue to other perishing people. The Lord not only rescues and redirects Jonah, He also reveals the necessity and fruit of what repentance can bring. Jonah arrives to Nineveh with firsthand experience and a changed heart. A city is rescued.
Canada has no shortage of beaches. And while our country isn’t renowned for sun and surf, it really does have some of the best beaches in the world. Now I could start a real debate here, but if I were to ask you what you consider to be your favourite beach in Canada, what would you answer? Personally, I like the little beach in front of our family camp at Loon Lake outside of Thunder Bay. I’m thinking you have a favourite, too.
God is always in charge. When a person comes into relationship with Jesus Christ, God takes control. The prophet Jonah learned this the hard way. He had to spend three days in the belly of a fish, pondering his relationship to God and God’s calling on his life. And through it all, in spite of Jonah’s disobedience and willful action, God never leaves him. In order to get Jonah’s attention, God leads him into the fish. And when God has accomplished what He set out to do, and Jonah’s heart is brought back into line with God’s will, God restores him. Jonah describes it this way in Jonah 2:10, “Then the Lord ordered the fish to spit Jonah out onto the beach.” The God we serve is always the God of the second chance. Even when we decide to turn our backs on His will for our lives, He never gives up on us. He does whatever is necessary to bring us to the point where our will is realigned with His. Then He set us back into the place of service. How has God worked in your life to prepare you to fulfill His will?
These have been words from the heart.