Many of you know the story of Jonah and the whale, but for any that don’t, here’s a quick summary:
Jonah 1:1-3 And the Word of Jehovah came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their evil has come up before Me. But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of Jehovah. And he went down to Joppa. And he found a ship going to Tarshish. And he gave its fare, and went down into it, in order to go with them to Tarshish, away from the sight of Jehovah.
Jonah got in the boat and went to sleep in the lower quarters. Then God caused a storm to rage on the sea because He was upset that Jonah didn’t listen to Him, and he was running away from God.
The men on the boat couldn’t figure out why God would cause such a storm, and decided to determine who God was angry at. The lot fell to Jonah and after struggling with the storm, the men threw Jonah overboard as he requested, because he had been running from the Lord. A great whale then swallowed him. He was inside the whale for 3 days.
Jonah then said (Jonah 2:4) … I am cast off from Your eyes, yet I will look again toward Your holy temple. (Jonah 2:10) And Jehovah spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah out on the dry land.
Many times we are disobedient to God. And sometimes we see the immediate consequences like Jonah did. Other times, the consequences of disobedience are not as evident; however, they are still there.
Let’s make 2011 a year of obedience. After all, who wants to spend 3 days in a whale?