he said, “I called out of my distress to the Lord, And He answered me. I cried for help from the depth of Sheol; You heard my voice. Jonah 2:2 courtesy Biblegateway.com
In this season of time, where people are hyper-vigilant and so prepared to call out “hypocrite”, we can recall the time of Jonah.
Jonah was sent to be the voice of the Lord to a people who were disobedient. He was certain they would not listen, so he ran the other way. He got on a boat going the opposite way. The storm came up and the sailors threw him off the boat to quiet the storm. There, in the waters, the Lord sent a fish to swallow him and keep him safe.
(I often wonder what kind of fish would be big enough to swallow a whole man. One of my many questions to ask when I get to heaven.)
There in the fish, Jonah cries out to the Lord. Notice, he is not OUT of the fish yet. But he knows the Lord hears his voice. He KNOWS.
I find that fascinating. He was still inside the fish, in the midst of his trouble, didn’t know if he would be digested by this big old fish, drown in this sea, or be delivered. And then go to this people that he KNEW would not listen to him.
Doesn’t that make you want to follow God??
Follow God. Get thrown into the midst of trouble.
Sign me up… Oh wait. I am already in.
But listen, in the midst of trouble, HE KNOWS God is listening, hears him and will take care of him.
We can trust that HE will take care of us in the midst of our trials, when others are calling us hypocrites for doing what we believe is right. When we are being persecuted for what we believe. When we need Him he DOES hear.
We just need to trust Him.
Look at the formula: I called. He answered. I cried. You heard.
Remember that in the midst of your trials.