Jonah 1:17, “Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights”
Not too long ago while doing some work on my laptop, as it does sometimes, it started acting up, doing weird things, freezing up. I tried to play around with it hoping that it would come back to life without shutting it down without successful. Had I not known that there was a button called RESET, I would have thrown the thing out the window because I would have concluded it was broken and there was nothing that could be done to bring it back to life.
In our Christian walk there are times when we face things that bring our lives to a freeze point, finding ourselves acting up weird. Not performing to the fullest like we should and instead of God throwing us out and saying we are broken, messed up and dead, He reaches out to us and hits reset button.
Jonah in this case committed sin, he disobeyed God like we all do. God sent him to preach to Nineveh, instead of responding to the call, he chose to go a different direction, Tarshish. He was not responding to the call God had for his life. While on the ship to Tarshish, first God interrupted Jonah’s plan. Later we read that he was thrown into the sea. Instead of the Lord letting him drown because of his foolishness, the bible says, “…the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah”. Someone said, “in the midst of our foolishness, God still remains faithful”. I would take this and say, God has a way of resetting (repositioning) our lives even when we sin and make mistakes. You may feel for you married the wrong person for example and you may have received the right counsel not to go with that person but you chose to go against the wise counsel and go with your own desires. Should you throw that person out now? Of course not, all you need to know is that God can take what was wrong and reset it (forgiving you and giving you a new start). You may have made wrong business decision, wrong turn in life etc, whatever the case might be. God can reset you again if you are willing. It may require patience, prayers and faithfulness for it to happen. I love to hear that God’s hand is on it rather than the devil’s. In Jonah’s case, God prepared a great fish. You might say, “that is still terrible”, well it may be but not compared to trying to swim in the sea not knowing what other sea creatures would do to him. I thank God that even though it may still seam bad, the truth of the matter is, it could be worse compared to what could be awaiting for me out there in the sea of life. With that thought in mind, it’s not so bad being in the belly of a great fish, it’s only for a season.
Here is what gets me about God resetting a life. In the process, what would consume others has no effect on you and that is because God’s hand is on what He is resetting. Watch this, “And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights”, think about it, three days and three night and the fish could not digest Jonah why? Because it was God’s prepared fish, a temporary learning chamber, a place of reset. It’s was the work of God, a preparation chamber for greater things. Remember it was Jonah who messed up, it was Jonah who wanted to drown himself but it was God who looked at the life of Jonah and would have said something like this,“though he messed up, and though he deserves to die, I will hit a reset button in his life for I am not done with him”. He has not lived to the fullest of what I created him for, he has sinned but I Am the God of restoration”.
Are you like Jonah who has gone astray?, decided to be involved in what you now know you cannot back out of?, faced by different challenges and even tried to terminate your dreams and desires because you felt you messed things up so bad?, I am here to tell you, God can reset you again. You can be restored again like Jonah for His glory and Honor. Blessings Ev