He answered, “I am a Hebrew and I worship the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.” Jonah 1:9 (NIV).
Give credit to God, especially when you know you’ve made mistakes. That should be the end of the blog post, right? After all, it pretty much sums up one of the largest messages from the Bible. So, we’re done for the day, right?
Jonah knows who he is, and who God is That surely must have made him aware of his guilt in thinking he could run away from God. Jonah knew he was a Hebrew, a member of God’s chosen people, a witness of the power and glory of the same God who caused the storm in which the men now found themselves. Maybe the other men didn’t know who THEY were, but Jonah did.
So, in a simple expression of faith, Jonah witnesses to the frightened crew. Recall that the crew found itself in the terrible storm while Jonah cat-napped through it. So, they threw cargo overboard, then cast lots to assign the blame, and that blame fell on Jonah. None of this is coincidental, even though they can’t see it (and even though it’s beyond their control…sort of like us). But Jonah knew, and he stated the fact that his God IS God. That his God is Lord over the sea raging around them.
Jonah knows who God is and he’s unafraid to tell these strangers, even under duress Like Nehemiah, like David, like Daniel, like Paul (would), Jonah God had control over the sea and land.
Now, what about you? Do you know who YOU are, and do you know where you fit in with God’s order? Most important, do you know who God is? The same God Jonah witnessed about is the same Triune God we know through the New Testament. He’s the same God who told Jonah to go to Ninevah, and from whom Jonah fled. Our God is the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land, and who still has dominion over them today. Jonah knew Him that way.
But Jonah never got to know God also as the God who would die for him, who would practically run to the cross so He could die in my place, in your place, in his place. You and I get to know Him as Father, Spirit, and the Son named Jesus: the God of Jonah, just making Himself known differently to us. Same God who, unbeknownst to Jonah, was about to perform a miracle.
Give God the credit because He deserves it. He’s God. We aren’t.
For further reading: Nehemiah 9:6, Psalm 96:9, Daniel 2:18, Acts 17:24, Jonah 1:10
Lord God, You are the God of Jonah and You are my God. All praise to You.
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