1From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. 2 He said:
“In my distress I called to the Lord,
and he answered me.
From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help,
and you listened to my cry.
3 You hurled me into the depths,
into the very heart of the seas,
and the currents swirled about me;
all your waves and breakers
swept over me.
4 I said, ‘I have been banished
from your sight;
yet I will look again
toward your holy temple.’
5 The engulfing waters threatened me,[b]
the deep surrounded me;
seaweed was wrapped around my head.
6 To the roots of the mountains I sank down;
the earth beneath barred me in forever.
But you, Lord my God,
brought my life up from the pit.
7 “When my life was ebbing away,
I remembered you, Lord,
and my prayer rose to you,
to your holy temple.
8 “Those who cling to worthless idols
turn away from God’s love for them.
9 But I, with shouts of grateful praise,
will sacrifice to you.
What I have vowed I will make good.
I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’”
10 And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.
January 22 Devotional-Jonah 2
1. “From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. 2 He said: “In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help, and you listened to my cry.”
Jonah was calling to God in his distress. This was distress that he had caused himself! If he had just done what God had told him to do, he would not be stuck in the belly of a large fish. Instead of ignoring Jonah’s cries, God heard his voice and answered him. I am glad that we can say as Jonah does that God will answer our prayers no matter how bad we have messed up?
Tell about a time where you cried out to God from a place of despair. How did God answer?
2. Do you need to turn back to God today? What is stopping you?
3. We do not have to be in a life or death situation before we make a promise to God. Jonah cries out: “What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.'” God wants our best.
What area of your life can you vow to improve? Is there an area that you need to rededicate to Christ?
1. Help me to obey God in all areas of my life.