Chapter 1 ended with Jonah being swallowed by a big fish. Can you imagine how bad and how dark it must have been? Sometimes we go to a place where its dark and smelly in our own lives before we come to our senses.
The Prayer of Jonah
Verse 1 – Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the fishes’ belly.
Verse 2 – And he said: “I cried out to the Lord because of my affliction, and He answered me. “Out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and You heard my voice.
Verse 3 – For You cast me into the deep, into the heart of the seas, and the floods surrounded me; all Your billows and Your waves passed over me.
Jonah had thought he would surely drown, but he was still conscious and started crying out to God, but look what he said. Instead of saying, “God, You are right! I was disobedient and didn’t want to follow You to Nineveh. I’m sorry and if you save me I will do what is right.” But what he actually said sounded more like, “Look what You did and look where I am now!” He doesn’t sound real sorry for disobeying God to me at all.
Verse 4 – Then I said, ‘I have been cast out of Your sight; yet I will look again toward Your holy temple.’
Verse 5 – The waters encompassed me, even to my soul; the deep closed around me; weeds were wrapped around my head.
Verse 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 Lord, my God.
Verse 7 – “When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the Lord; and my prayer went up to You, into Your holy temple.
I still don’t hear any sincerity in this prayer. But if you’ve noticed, God hasn’t said anything. How bad does it have to get before some will wake up and realize that if God brought you to it, only He can get you through it!
Verse 8 – “Those who regard worthless idols forsake their own mercy.
Verse 9 – But I will sacrifice to You with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.
Verse 10 – So the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.
Maybe Jonah was grateful for God saving his life, but he just doesn’t sound as grateful as I would have been for God saving me after being in a fish 3 days. I lived ungrateful for a long time in my life and I can’t let a day go by now, that I don’t praise Him and thank Him for everything.