God still has whales, enough for lots of Jonahs.
He sailed away from the sea port of Jaffa fleeing from what God wanted him to do. It’s no different today. When it comes with a cost to pride or our will we often flee like Jonah.
But where can we hide from God? He is present and we know it. He still wants what He wants from us and I don’t want to be in the belly of a whale.
“He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6: 8) God does not ask more from us than that. He requires us to act justly, love mercy and walk with Him in humility. Come to think of it, that is all He wanted from Jonah.
Instead of the belly of a whale take advice from a Temanite.
Job had some company as he suffered at the hand of Satan. Eliphaz the Temanite had words he thought would help his friend. They didn’t help Job who already knew, but maybe they will do some of us some good. No, I am sure they will.
“Submit to God and be at peace with Him; in this way prosperity will come to you. Accept instruction from His mouth and lay up his words in your heart.
If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored: If you remove wickedness far from your tent and assign your nuggets to the dust (because your priorities have been reset), your gold of Ophir to the rocks in the ravines, Then the Almighty will be your gold, the choicest silver for you.
Surely then you will find delight in the Almighty and will lift up your face to God. You will pray to Him, and He will hear you, and you will fulfill your vows.
What you decide on will be done, and light will shine on your ways. When people are brought low and you say, ‘Lift them up!’ then He will save the downcast. He will deliver even one who is not innocent, who will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands.” (Job 22:21-30)
Rivers of Living Water: John 7:38
Priorities. Sometimes we need to get back to the greatest commandment which will reset our priorities. When they are off we find ourselves powerless in the kingdom of God. Take the Temanite’s advice, THEN “what you decide will be done” because you will be just and merciful as you walk with God humbled in His presence.