“Then the LORD sent a great wind on the sea”
              Jonah 1:4a

“But the LORD provided a great fish to swallow Jonah”
              Jonah 1:17a

God gave Jonah the assignment to go and preach repentence to Ninevah. Jonah didn’t like the assignment and ran in the opposite direction. He boarded a ship headed for Tarsus. You all know the story. God intervened. First, he caused a great wind to stir up the sea. Eventually, Jonah confessed that he was the cause of the storm and instructed the sailors to throw him overboard. They resisted, but when it was clear that they would all die if they did not, they did what seemed to be the unthinkable. They threw Jonah in the sea. But God was a part of the whole plan. God “provided” (I love that word) the great fish that swallowed Jonah.

As you read through the book of Jonah, be watchful for God’s actions. It is an exciting book of miracles from beginning to end. It is a book of God reaching down and intervening in the lives of men and women on earth to accomplish His purposes. He will even use the wind and the sea and all the creatures in the sea to help those men and women along their paths toward obedience.

I’ve blogged a couple of other articles on Jonah. Click on Jonah under Categories>Bible References at the right for more reading on Jonah.

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