WHEN THINGS SEEM BEYOND HOPE, DO WHAT JONAH DID

I was glum while taking a walk this morning. Then I remembered what Jonah did; still in the belly of the whale he changed from negative to positive, and he cried out to God,

“Salvation is of the Lord.” And the LORD spoke to the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon dry land. (Jonah 2: 9,10)

When your heart cries out in anguish until your breath comes just lightly, make it a cry to the LORD. “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted (moan, loud, rage) within me … hope in God: for I shall yet praise him…” (Psa 43:5)

When Jonah had spent three days and nights in the whale’s belly he got it! “Salvation is of the Lord.” And God heard.

We can endure a lot if we just know this one thing: God is hearing me, He cares, He will answer the crying of my soul. Well, do as Jonah; hope in God. Go ahead and praise Him.

Then wait for His salvation, his answer, His love to show. “From the end of the earth will I cry to you, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” (Psa 61:2)

The LORD is all you need, not just to survive — to thrive! You are first a child of God. His Spirit inside you guides and teaches all the vital things about your character growth, about your life beside your husband, about your development of gifts.

Too many break away from God when marriage goes down hill. Why do this when it aborts hope of a happy future? Determining to walk with God brings hope! God is good; He will be with you.

Our marriage grew from very hard to very good. From insecurity and questioning to a comfortable state of believing, our faith has grown in the hard times; we saw first hand that God is good and right.

Following God works the miracle. The LORD spoke to the whale and it vomited out Jonah upon dry land. I wonder where the whale was when God spoke to it; how far to land.

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3 Responses to WHEN THINGS SEEM BEYOND HOPE, DO WHAT JONAH DID

  1. Tonya says:

    I was a bit blum yesterday myself over some circumstances we cannot change and our disagreements about trying to. Thankful that each new morning begins a fresh day…time to start over. BTW, really big fish normally do not swim so close to shore, that so was another miracle of God that Jonah was vomited onto the dry land.

  2. Tonya says:

    Oops… I meant glum.

  3. Lizzie says:

    Tonya,

    So many years after Jonah's affirmation, it is still true. God is good and always right and if he works on our behalf, all is well.

    "Blum or glum" it means the same, I think. We're on the same page.

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