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A Whale of An Interruption- Daily Devotional by Pastor Josh

“There is no pit so deep, that God’s love is not deeper still.” 
― Corrie Ten Boom
If you are experiencing an interruption of historic proportions, be encouraged that God’s will cannot be interrupted. There is a good chance that you or someone you know feels like they are in a pit of despair right now. In those times, we especially need the love and hope that only God can give us and which has no limitations.

The life of Jonah is filled with numerous interruptions. Jonah ran from God and refused to accept his divine mission. Jonah went on a sea voyage only to have God raise a great storm, driving him overboard and then the Lord prepared a great fish to swallow him up!

So how are your interruptions comparing to Jonah’s today? These are some great truths from the Book of Jonah:

1. God Is Meeting You Where You Are
  •  Read Jonah 2:1-2
Jonah lived during late Old Testament history and long after the psalms were written. Jonah probably knew the words of Psalms 139 as it says “Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?” He knew that He could cry out to the ever-present Lord who is there in the midst of hardship.
  • Read Psalms 139:7-10
2. God’s Interruptions Are Awakening You
“Afflictions are light when compared with what we really deserve. They are light when compared with the sufferings of the Lord Jesus. But perhaps their real lightness is best seen by comparing them with the weight of glory which is awaiting us.” –
Arthur W. Pink 
God’s interruptions are many times not from His judgment but actually His love because He doesn’t want to leave us alone to our own wayward desires. As it says in Hebrews 12:6“The Lord disciplines the ones He loves and chastises every son whom He receives.” God doesn’t abide by our rules and He is more interested in making us holy than happy. 
  • Read Jonah 2:6-7
3. God Is Offering You A Fresh Start
  • Read Jonah 2: 9-10 
Jonah’s greatest pain was not the affliction he went through, but it was his separation from God. He felt cast out of God’s sight but God was running effortlessly alongside Jonah. He just needed to turn his heart towards God. 
Jonah conceded to preach to the Ninevite pagans and they amazingly respond with repentance. Jonah’s response was resentment because Jonah saw the people as unworthy and he became bitter. So then God sent another interruption in the form of a worm that ate up the plant which was shading him as he was sitting outside the city.
4. Jonah Story Is Pointing You To Jesus
Jonah’s story is literal and also symbolic. The Lord intends to point us to Jesus Christ. As Jonah got comfortable under the plant the Lord provided, God also sent a worm to destroy it. The symbolism of the plant that was created and destroyed by God represents the Mosaic Law. By this time in history, the Jewish people were comfortable in the religious system that was set up with the standards of the Mosaic Law. The worm in the story represents Jesus Christ. The son of God was appointed to nullify the law and make a way for truth.
  • Read Matthew 12:40-41

Jesus is the true and perfect Jonah because he runs to where we are and shares His message of hope and love.

Run to God today and ask Him for a fresh start because He can use your interruptions.

Read Jonah 2:1-10 and pray for God’s guidance through life’s interruptions.
Pastor Josh Ryan

 

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