Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from inside the fish. He said, “I cried out to the Lord in my great trouble, and he answered me.I called to you from the land of the dead, and Lord, you heard me! You threw me into the ocean depths, and I sank down to the heart of the sea. The mighty waters engulfed me; I was buried beneath your wild and stormy waves. Then I said, ‘O Lord, you have driven me from your presence. Yet I will look once more toward your holy Temple.’ “I sank beneath the waves, and the waters closed over me. Seaweed wrapped itself around my head.I sank down to the very roots of the mountains. I was imprisoned in the earth, whose gates lock shut forever. But you, O Lord my God, snatched me from the jaws of death! As my life was slipping away, I remembered the Lord. And my earnest prayer went out to you in your holy Temple. Those who worship false gods turn their backs on all God’s mercies. But I will offer sacrifices to you with songs of praise, and I will fulfill all my vows. For my salvation comes from the Lord alone.” Jonah 2:1-9
Imagine yourself totally alone in a room by yourself with everything you have lying on a table before you. Nothing stays under the table and nothing in the closet. It’s all there! Now, there is a knock at the door. Do you know who it is? You don’t really know if you want to go to the door or not, but you do. As you stand and walk toward the door, your heart is beating just a little faster because you know God is on His way in, in the person of our Savior, Jesus Christ. You have your hand on the handle, you turn it, you open the door, and the radiance of His glory stands before you, and He comes in. Immediately, you want to cover up everything on the table and try to distract Him a little bit from looking at it. As soon as He walks in the door, where you and He and all of your things are, He demands to be in control. That is what is threatening about Him. You say, “I’ll just hire Him as a consultant, but He doesn’t hire out as a consultant. He is a chairman of the board. He walks in as commander-in-chief. He wants to rearrange what’s on your table, so that you can be pleasing in His sight and give a good account to Him. God will do whatever it takes to get your attention on Him. Jonah learned this lesson in the belly of a fish. God wants complete control of our lives. He wants to be the savior of your heart and the lord of your life. He has no desire to be your consultant.
Pray for boldness this morning. Pray for God to uncover all the dark places in your heart. It takes boldness to give God all access to your heart. Pray for reconciliation. Pray for restoration.
Don’t forget that when Jonah uncovered his rebellious heart, God “caused the fish to spit up on Jonah on dry ground.” God always covers what we uncover.