Week 34   Day 2 


Jonah started praying

            when there was nothing else

            he could do 

With great intensity and emotion he

            described his situation to God

            assessed his woeful situation 

            decided not to give up

            determined to remember the Lord

                        and his mercies

            pleaded for God's aid 

            and capped it off with some promises

 

The second time God asked Jonah

            to go to Nineveh 

            Jonah was ready to go

What a story he had to tell! 


He arrived in the great Assyrian city 

            with the grace of God

            fresh on his mind

 

The people of Nineveh believed Jonah 

            believed God

            and changed their way of living

And what God had planned to do 

            did not happen 

Divine intentions can be changed

            by our change

            of behavior

 

Nothing is set in stone 

            no fate is sealed 

We are doomed only if we choose to be.

 

 

 

                                  FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD

The storm didn't make Jonah pray, but the belly of the fish did.

                                             Jonah 2 & 3

 

1Then Jonah prayed from the fish's belly.  2He said:

     "I cried out to the Lord, and He answered me.

     Out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and You heard my voice.

     3You cast me into the deep, into the heart of the seas,

     Floods surrounded me; billows and waves passed over me.

     4Then I said, 'I have been cast out of Your sight;

     Yet I will look again toward Your holy temple.'

     5The waters surrounded me, even to my soul;

     The deep closed around me; weeds wrapped my head. 

     6 I went down to the moorings of the mountains;

     The earth with its bars closed behind me forever;

     Yet You have brought up my life from the pit, O my God.

     7When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the Lord;

     My prayer went up to You, into Your holy temple.

     8Those who regard worthless idols forsake their own Mercy.

     9But I will sacrifice to You with the voice of thanksgiving;

     I will pay what I have vowed.  Salvation is of the Lord."

10So God spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.

 

     1The word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying,

2"Go to Nineveh and preach to it the message that I tell you." 

3So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh.  Now Nineveh was an

exceedingly great city, a three-day journey in extent. 

    4Jonah entered the city on the first day's walk.  He cried out

and said, "Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!"

     8So the people of Nineveh believed God, proclaimed a fast,

and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them. 

    6The word came to the king of Nineveh; he arose from his
throne and laid aside his robe, covered himself with
sackcloth
and sat in ashes.  7He proclaimed and published by
the
decree of the king and his nobles, saying,

            Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, eat

            or drink water.  8But be covered with sackcloth,

            and cry mightily to God; yes, let every one turn

            from his evil way and from the violence that is

            in his hands.  9Who can tell if God will turn

            and relent, so that we may not perish?

     10Then God saw their works, that they turned from their

evil way; and God relented from the disaster that He had said

He would bring upon them, and He did not do it.
            This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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