Story of the day: Jonah

The BIG fish that swallows Jonah is no big deal. In 1891 off of the Falkland Islands, there were two fishing boats that were whale hunting. They came across a huge sperm whale. One fishing group shot harpoons into the whale. The other boat came around and began to do the same thing to get this whale, but the whale’s tail hit the second boat and knocked it over.

There were two men on the second boat. One of the men drowned. The other man was not found. Two days later, a few other boats got this same whale and killed him. They brought the whale up to the shore, slit it open, and found the second man.

The man was unconscious but still alive, and after care, resumed his life. This “Jonah and the whale” story isn’t that far-fetched. Similar things have happened before. People read the Bible and say that the story of Jonah and the big fish doesn’t make sense, but it does. The miracle is not that a fish swallowed a man, because that has happened before. The miracle is that the fish paid attention to the Lord.  [Evans, Tony. Tony Evans Book of Illustrations.Chicago: Moody Publishers, pg. 173-174.]

Quote of the day: Cal Thomas

“Are we under His authority, or our own? You can’t “yes, but” to Scripture. He said it, or He didn’t say it. And we either obey, or we do not. It is not we who have the authority. It is the Lord. His name is Jesus and His title is “the Christ.” And He has it all. He will share it with no one.”

Bible verse of the day: Jonah 1:17 (NKJV)

“Now the LORD has prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Sometimes I catch myself wanting to be like Jonah and run away from the things that You have called me to do. As scary as I may feel about the situation, I pray that I don’t turn and run in the opposite direction, but that I continue forward with the plan that You have given to me. I pray to be a faithful servant, willing to move past the uncomfortableness of the task and walk out into the water knowing that You will lead me and I will not fail. Thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

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