The Belly of the Whale

Posted by Karen Hessen on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 Under: devotion

I thought you might enjoy reading this devotion I wrote recently. I shared this with my writers group where I was encouraged to change the wording to insure readers would understand the story of Jonah is "just a myth." However, Jesus, himself, told the story of Jonah during his eartly ministry which validates its truth. The Bible refers to the whale as a Behemoth and in more modern translations a big fish. Whale is a term we can visualize and are familiar with, but may not be correct. 

Jonah 1:1-17                                                                                                                  The Belly of the Whale

THOUGHT FOR TODAY: (Jesus said) …knew you not that I must be about my Father's business? Luke 2:49b (American KJV)

 

            God instructed Jonah to go preach in the city of Ninevah. Jonah did not want to go so; he hid on a ship sailing to Tarshish. God prepared a large fish. When the sailors threw Jonah overboard during a raging storm, God let Jonah think it over for three days while resting in the fish’s belly.

            Recently, God asked me to speak with a relative who was troubled by a dream she had of being stuck in Hell. I didn’t want to go. I felt unqualified. She is my husband’s relative after all. Maybe he should go.

            Over the years, I have learned that disobedience to God brings my own “big fish” into my life. While I have never spent time in the belly of a whale, I have spent lots of time in regret, anxiety, disappointment, sorrow, confusion and frustration. I am slowly catching on. God depends on me to do His business in the world in which I live. Refusal, hesitation and stubbornness entrap me with emotional big fish as real as Jonah’s whale.

 

PRAYER:  Heavenly Father, thank you for the story of Jonah. Help me to willingly step out in obedience to you trusting that you will provide the courage and the words that will bring you glory. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

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The Belly of the Whale

Posted by Karen Hessen on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 Under: devotion

I thought you might enjoy reading this devotion I wrote recently. I shared this with my writers group where I was encouraged to change the wording to insure readers would understand the story of Jonah is "just a myth." However, Jesus, himself, told the story of Jonah during his eartly ministry which validates its truth. The Bible refers to the whale as a Behemoth and in more modern translations a big fish. Whale is a term we can visualize and are familiar with, but may not be correct. 

Jonah 1:1-17                                                                                                                  The Belly of the Whale

THOUGHT FOR TODAY: (Jesus said) …knew you not that I must be about my Father's business? Luke 2:49b (American KJV)

 

            God instructed Jonah to go preach in the city of Ninevah. Jonah did not want to go so; he hid on a ship sailing to Tarshish. God prepared a large fish. When the sailors threw Jonah overboard during a raging storm, God let Jonah think it over for three days while resting in the fish’s belly.

            Recently, God asked me to speak with a relative who was troubled by a dream she had of being stuck in Hell. I didn’t want to go. I felt unqualified. She is my husband’s relative after all. Maybe he should go.

            Over the years, I have learned that disobedience to God brings my own “big fish” into my life. While I have never spent time in the belly of a whale, I have spent lots of time in regret, anxiety, disappointment, sorrow, confusion and frustration. I am slowly catching on. God depends on me to do His business in the world in which I live. Refusal, hesitation and stubbornness entrap me with emotional big fish as real as Jonah’s whale.

 

PRAYER:  Heavenly Father, thank you for the story of Jonah. Help me to willingly step out in obedience to you trusting that you will provide the courage and the words that will bring you glory. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

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The Belly of the Whale

Posted by Karen Hessen on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 Under: devotion

I thought you might enjoy reading this devotion I wrote recently. I shared this with my writers group where I was encouraged to change the wording to insure readers would understand the story of Jonah is "just a myth." However, Jesus, himself, told the story of Jonah during his eartly ministry which validates its truth. The Bible refers to the whale as a Behemoth and in more modern translations a big fish. Whale is a term we can visualize and are familiar with, but may not be correct. 

Jonah 1:1-17                                                                                                                  The Belly of the Whale

THOUGHT FOR TODAY: (Jesus said) …knew you not that I must be about my Father's business? Luke 2:49b (American KJV)

 

            God instructed Jonah to go preach in the city of Ninevah. Jonah did not want to go so; he hid on a ship sailing to Tarshish. God prepared a large fish. When the sailors threw Jonah overboard during a raging storm, God let Jonah think it over for three days while resting in the fish’s belly.

            Recently, God asked me to speak with a relative who was troubled by a dream she had of being stuck in Hell. I didn’t want to go. I felt unqualified. She is my husband’s relative after all. Maybe he should go.

            Over the years, I have learned that disobedience to God brings my own “big fish” into my life. While I have never spent time in the belly of a whale, I have spent lots of time in regret, anxiety, disappointment, sorrow, confusion and frustration. I am slowly catching on. God depends on me to do His business in the world in which I live. Refusal, hesitation and stubbornness entrap me with emotional big fish as real as Jonah’s whale.

 

PRAYER:  Heavenly Father, thank you for the story of Jonah. Help me to willingly step out in obedience to you trusting that you will provide the courage and the words that will bring you glory. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

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The Belly of the Whale

Posted by Karen Hessen on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 Under: devotion

I thought you might enjoy reading this devotion I wrote recently. I shared this with my writers group where I was encouraged to change the wording to insure readers would understand the story of Jonah is "just a myth." However, Jesus, himself, told the story of Jonah during his eartly ministry which validates its truth. The Bible refers to the whale as a Behemoth and in more modern translations a big fish. Whale is a term we can visualize and are familiar with, but may not be correct. 

Jonah 1:1-17                                                                                                                  The Belly of the Whale

THOUGHT FOR TODAY: (Jesus said) …knew you not that I must be about my Father's business? Luke 2:49b (American KJV)

 

            God instructed Jonah to go preach in the city of Ninevah. Jonah did not want to go so; he hid on a ship sailing to Tarshish. God prepared a large fish. When the sailors threw Jonah overboard during a raging storm, God let Jonah think it over for three days while resting in the fish’s belly.

            Recently, God asked me to speak with a relative who was troubled by a dream she had of being stuck in Hell. I didn’t want to go. I felt unqualified. She is my husband’s relative after all. Maybe he should go.

            Over the years, I have learned that disobedience to God brings my own “big fish” into my life. While I have never spent time in the belly of a whale, I have spent lots of time in regret, anxiety, disappointment, sorrow, confusion and frustration. I am slowly catching on. God depends on me to do His business in the world in which I live. Refusal, hesitation and stubbornness entrap me with emotional big fish as real as Jonah’s whale.

 

PRAYER:  Heavenly Father, thank you for the story of Jonah. Help me to willingly step out in obedience to you trusting that you will provide the courage and the words that will bring you glory. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

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Tags: jonah  god 
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The Belly of the Whale

Posted by Karen Hessen on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 Under: devotion

I thought you might enjoy reading this devotion I wrote recently. I shared this with my writers group where I was encouraged to change the wording to insure readers would understand the story of Jonah is "just a myth." However, Jesus, himself, told the story of Jonah during his eartly ministry which validates its truth. The Bible refers to the whale as a Behemoth and in more modern translations a big fish. Whale is a term we can visualize and are familiar with, but may not be correct. 

Jonah 1:1-17                                                                                                                  The Belly of the Whale

THOUGHT FOR TODAY: (Jesus said) …knew you not that I must be about my Father's business? Luke 2:49b (American KJV)

 

            God instructed Jonah to go preach in the city of Ninevah. Jonah did not want to go so; he hid on a ship sailing to Tarshish. God prepared a large fish. When the sailors threw Jonah overboard during a raging storm, God let Jonah think it over for three days while resting in the fish’s belly.

            Recently, God asked me to speak with a relative who was troubled by a dream she had of being stuck in Hell. I didn’t want to go. I felt unqualified. She is my husband’s relative after all. Maybe he should go.

            Over the years, I have learned that disobedience to God brings my own “big fish” into my life. While I have never spent time in the belly of a whale, I have spent lots of time in regret, anxiety, disappointment, sorrow, confusion and frustration. I am slowly catching on. God depends on me to do His business in the world in which I live. Refusal, hesitation and stubbornness entrap me with emotional big fish as real as Jonah’s whale.

 

PRAYER:  Heavenly Father, thank you for the story of Jonah. Help me to willingly step out in obedience to you trusting that you will provide the courage and the words that will bring you glory. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

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