Jonah 1:17 The Great Fish

17 And the Lord appointed a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
Jonah 1:17

We are now at the most famous part of this story. Jonah is swallowed by a whale…… Well the Bible is not exactly clear on what swallowed Jonah. One thing is for sure though its purpose in this life was to swallow Jonah. God ordained this fish to swallow Jonah. Its crazy the idea of how such a big God can reach down and say Fish eat Jonah. That is points to the fact that God is personable that He is involved in our lives and is very much in control. Just like the day Jesus (God the Son) appeared to Saul now Paul on the road. God works in our life like that every day. Doing things that bring us closer to Him. Be it through trials or good times. God is in control and working in every day life.

Now could you imagine you’ve been tossed overboard, you are preparing to meet God, and boom out of nowhere you are in a fish’s belly. What Jonah did not know was God was pointing to something in the future, something so great that it changed the world. Three days three nights.  Jesus was dead for that long. In fact Jesus references this very verse.

40 For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
Matthew 12:40

Is that not crazy. God here is giving us a glimpse of the future. That He is sending a messiah, that will not only live a perfect life, but die a sinless death and be raised on the third day, that we might live!!!  How GREAT is our GOD!!!!!

So when life is getting crazy and you feel like you’ve been thrown under the boat, remember that God is there. He is in control and He will send relief. The fact that He loves you so much that He died for you is enough to bring to light that God is ready and willing to work in our lives if we just let Him.  So let go of your prideful plans that you think are great, and look to what God wants you to do.

 

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About Jonathan Parrish

A man who fears and loves God in all that do, which is to bring him glory.
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