Minor Prophets (6)

Our verses today tell us that God told Jonah to go to the city of Nineveh. God wanted Jonah to tell the people in Nineveh to stop sinning. But Jonah did not want to obey God. So Jonah got on a boat “going to the faraway city of Tarshish” (Jonah 1:3b).

God caused a great storm on the sea. The people in the boat thought they would drown. Jonah told them, “I know I did wrong — that is why the storm came on the sea” (verse 12b). So the men threw Jonah into the sea. “When Jonah fell into the sea, the Lord chose a very big fish to swallow Jonah. He was in the stomach of the fish for three days and three nights” (verse 17).

Jonah was sorry he had disobeyed God. He prayed to God, and “the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah out of its stomach onto the dry land” (Jonah 2:10). Then Jonah obeyed God and went to Nineveh.

Maybe you are like Jonah. Pray to God and ask Him to forgive you for disobeying Him. God loves you, and He will forgive you!