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So the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.
Jonah 2:10

Jonah disobeyed God’s instructions and went in another direction.

Jonah 1:17 says, ‘The Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.’

Imagine being in the belly of a fish. Darkness, no fresh air to breathe, stomach acids and gases, being swayed about in water all around, seaweed wrapped around your head, no chance to just sit or sleep.

Do you feel like you are in a situation like Jonah? Caged in, fear all around , turmoil, no way of escape?

God promises His presence and protection in Isaiah 43:2 (NKJV).
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.

In the belly of the fish, Jonah cried out to the Lord who heard him and caused the fish to spew him out on dry ground.

God hears your cry in your situation. Maybe it’s hard to even find a resting place to call unto your Saviour, but beloved, God does not forget you nor His assignment for you. His plans for you are always good. He has called you, chosen you. You are His masterpiece created for good works in these end time days.

Like Jonah, Jesus was in the grave, but He rose again victorious (Matthew 12:30). This must give you hope. Do you feel you are in a grave situation? Be encouraged today, you will come out, you will rise again.

When Jonah came out of the fish’s belly, he went about on his assignment, preaching repentance to the people of Nineveh. When you come out of your situation, don’t forget what you are called to do.

Go in the authority and power of the Lord Jesus Christ, the One who commissions and empowers you.

Does God Change His Mind?

“Return and tell Hezekiah the leader of my people, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father: “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will heal you.’” (2 Kings 20:5 NKJV)

What a strange question? Does God change His mind? How would you answer the question? Most of us would emphatically say, “God is the same: yesterday, today and forever. He doesn't change His mind. What He says, He does.” Yet, it seems like God changed His mind while dealing with Hezekiah.

Isaiah, the prophet, came to King Hezekiah with a message from God, asking him to get his house in order for he was going to die. Hezekiah responded by praying, weeping bitterly and reminding God how he had walked in truth and done what was right in God’s sight. Isaiah had not even left the palace, when he came back to tell the king that God had heard his prayer, seen his tears and was adding fifteen years to his life.

Hezekiah’s repentant heart caused God to change His mind. We, often, see this pattern in the Bible; the people repenting on hearing news of the coming disaster because of their wickedness, and God, in His mercy and love, forgiving them. When the people of Nineveh heard that their city was going to be overthrown, they proclaimed a fast, cried out to God and turned from their evil ways. Finally, …God relented from the disaster that He said He would bring upon them, and He did not do it (Jonah 3:10).

Have you strayed so far away from God that you wonder if He could ever have any mercy on you? Beloved, Jesus took the punishment for your sins so that you could experience God’s abundant mercy and forgiveness. Return to Him. You are assured that, if you confess your sins, He will forgive you and cleanse you of all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). He is just, faithful, compassionate, abounding in love and merciful. He does not delight in sending calamity, but delights in showing mercy.

Author: Sandra Fernandes