Walking with Jonah

Jonah: Day 11

So they called out to the Lord: “Please, Yahweh, don’t let us perish because of this man’s life, and don’t charge us with innocent blood!“ Jonah 1:14a (HCSB) The sailors finally give up on trying to sail away from the storm. They grab Jonah and get ready to throw him overboard. Just before they …

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Jonah: Day 12

“For You, Yahweh, have done just as You pleased.“ Jonah 1:14b (HCSB) Many of us have a favourite Bible verse, a passage of Scripture to which we turn often. We have repeated and read it so many times that it is sealed forever in our hearts. For me that verse is …

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Jonah: Day 13

The men feared the Lord even more, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows. Jonah 1:16 (HCSB) After throwing Jonah to his death, a supernatural calm comes down, and the storm ends, and the seas cease to rage. Then the sailors are filled with fear—literally, ‘they feared the Lord with a …

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Jonah: Day 14

Now the Lord had appointed a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the fish three days and three nights. Jonah 1:17 (HCSB) There has been one thing I have kept in my wallet for years. It is a simple card with a picture of two penguins facing each other. One penguin has a …

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Jonah: Day 15

Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from inside the fish. Jonah 2:1 (HCSB) It is hard to imagine this sight: a man praying inside a fish. It is comical and yet horrifying at the same time. I can could imagine two very different film directors taking this scene in two very different directions. …

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Jonah: Day 16

I called to the Lord in my distress, and He answered me. I cried out for help in the belly of Sheol; You heard my voice. Jonah 2:2 (HCSB) If the first verse of chapter two teaches us that, wherever we find ourselves, we must pray to the Lord our God, the …

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Jonah: Day 17

But I said: I have been banished from Your sight, yet I will look once more toward Your holy temple. Jonah 2:4 (HCSB) Faithful believer, take up the resolve of Jonah to look once more toward God’s holy temple. God cannot stand the sight of sin, this is true. He cannot …

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Jonah: Day 18

The waters engulfed me up to the neck; the watery depths overcame me; seaweed was wrapped around my head. I sank to the foundations of the mountains; the earth with its prison bars closed behind me forever! But You raised my life from the Pit, Lord my God! Jonah 2:5-6 (HCSB) Here we …

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Jonah: Day 19

As my life was fading away, I remembered Yahweh. My prayer came to You, to Your holy temple. Jonah 2:7 (HCSB) The death of a faithful saint is a thing to behold. I have been by the bedside of saints: I have looked on, as those who are confident in …

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Jonah: Day 20

Those who cling to worthless idols forsake faithful love. Jonah 2:8 (HCSB) What does it matter if a person believes a lie so long as it makes him happy? If a person is happy believing that the sticks and stones he worships, the dead men’s bones he bows down before, …

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